PSALM 81

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Psalm 81

WHAT GOD WANTS

 

GOD WANTS MY PRAISE BECAUSE HE IS GOD – Vss. 1-7

 

GOD WANTS MY LOYALTY BECAUSE HE DESERVES IT – Vss. 8-9

 

GOD WANTS MY PRAYERS SO HE CAN ANSWER ME – Vs. 10

 

GOD WANTS MY OBEDIENCE SO HE CAN ENABLE ME – Vss. 11-16

 

 

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LESSONS FROM REBELLIOUS ISRAEL

Psalm 81

 

Nations today can learn from the rebellion of Israel.

 

RETURN TO GOD Vss. 1-5

REFLECT ON GOD'S DELIVERANCE Vss. 6-7

REJECT FALSE GODS Vss. 8-9

REACH OUT IN PRAYER Vs. 10

RECOGNIZE THE CONSEQUENCES OF DISOBEDIENCE Vss. 11-16

 

 

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Psalm 81:10

THE GREATEST MINISTRY OF ALL

 

"I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it."

 

Since becoming a Christian, I have seen many great ministries performed by believers. Some of these people are well known, while others are not.

 

I have seen faithful ministers to prisoners, including my brother Art.  I have seen missionaries who cover the globe witnessing for Christ.

I have heard great preachers in person and on radio, tape, or television.

I have heard great evangelists and talented Bible teachers.

I've known faithful pastors who have shepherded flocks of all sizes.

I have met great Sunday School teachers, elders, deacons, trustees, and other church leaders.

I have met many people whose specialty has been to do good works in the name of Christ.

 

There are many faithful servants of Christ who perform many important ministries. Some of these ministries you and I are not gifted enough to perform.  There is, however, one ministry which I feel is the greatest ministry of all. Any Christian can perform this ministry. It is the ministry of prayer.

 

Through prayer I can support missionaries and their ministries around the world.

Through prayer I can pray for the salvation of the lost.

Through prayer I can intercede for believers in all places and walks of life.

Through prayer I can see change in my family, my church, my community, and on my job.

Through prayer I can see my needs met.

 

Our text is one of the great verses on prayer.

This text was a favorite of a great man of faith and prayer by the name of George Mueller.

Through prayer George Mueller built numerous buildings debt free.

Through prayer George Mueller fed, clothed, and housed thousands of orphans.

Through prayer George Mueller conducted literature and Sunday School ministries around the world.

Mueller did not ask man for money. He asked God!

 

I wish to challenge you to the greatest ministry of all!

 

GOD'S IDENTITY - "I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt..."

 

In order to be convinced that prayer is practical, powerful, or even necessary, we must realize who is making the promise found in this verse.

 

1. He is the Lord - The word Lord, when capitalized in the KJV, is a translation of the word Jehovah. Jehovah is the eternal, self-existent one. Exodus 3:14. Because He exists, we are not wasting our breath when we speak. Because He is eternal, He will always exist and has already existed. This means that God is able to start working on answers even before we ask. Isaiah 65:24

 

2. He is our God - He was talking to Israel. But today those who know Christ as Savior know that the Lord is their God (John 1:12).

 

3. He is our deliverer - He brought Israel out of the bondage of Israel. He brought us Christians out of the bondage of sin.  He is available to keep on delivering.

 

GOD'S INVITATION - "...open thy mouth wide..."

I have received many invitations to many functions, but this invitation is greatest of all.

The God who made me His child invites me to open my mouth wide and ask. Jeremiah 33:3, Matthew 7:7-11, Hebrews 4:14-16, James 1:5

I think of hungry baby birds when I think of mouths open wide. They keep their mouths wide open, in anxious anticipation of being fed. When we have our mouths open in prayer we are to be praying by faith in anxious anticipation of God's answer. James 1:6, Mark 11:24

 

GOD'S INPUT - "...I will fill it."

 

God promises to answer prayer that is offered according to His will. John 14:13-14, 1 John 5:14-15

 

TAKE ON THE GREATEST MINISTRY OF ALL! PRAY!

 

 

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Psalm 81:10

MISSING GOD'S BEST

 

Israel missed the best that God had to offer.  We must be careful that we do not make the same mistake.

 

BEHAVIOR REQUIRED - Vss. 9-10

We are to worship no false Gods.

We are to call out to God in prayer.

 

BELLIGERENCE PRACTICED - Vss.11-12

We must be careful not to disobey God.

Israel rebelled against God and ended up walking in her own counsels instead of the counsel of God.

 

BLESSINGS MISSED - Vss. 13-16

If Israel had only obeyed, God would have blessed in the ways listed here.

How much are we missing because we fail to obey God?

 

 

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Psalm 81:11-16

BECAUSE WE DON’T LISTEN

 

Psalm 81:11 - But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me.

 

Like Israel, because we don’t listen to God, we have problems.

 

1.     OUR PATHS ARE NOT STRAIGHT – Vs. 12

2.     OUR ENEMIES  ARE NOT SUBDUED – Vs. 14

3.     THE HATERS OF GOD HAVE NOT SUBMITTED – Vs. 15

4.     WE ARE NOT SUPPLIED – Vs. 16

5.     WE ARE NOT SATISFIED – Vs. 16 

 

 

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