Have you ever had someone in your life or currently know someone who is straying? This person is wandering off the path they should be on and is now lost and can’t seem to get back on the path that they should be on. Many of us know people that are in this very situation. Many of us have even been that person ourselves.
In this Psalm we see the people of Israel have wondered off the path. The Psalmist reviews the covenant and urges them to embrace it. Verses 11-16 describe the sad fact that God’s people stopped listening to His voice. This is the point when we as believers will find ourselves wandering. All the while God is still there desiring for the people of Israel to turn back to Him. He has so much more in store for them if they would only come back and stop wandering.
When we find ourselves or those we love and care about wandering, it is so important to do what Psalm 81 does.
1. Be reliant on and worshipful of God
2. Remember how God has always been faithful
3. Recognize that God calls us to worship Him alone
4. Turn to Him and listen.
God’s desire is to give us life in abundance, and our flesh’s desire is to accept a lesser life. By leaning into God and listening to Him faithfully we will not wander.
By: Dakota Gragg — Student Ministry Associate