Open Your Mouth Wide
Open Your Mouth Wide
Whether it’s mother bird feeding her young ones — or one of us teaching our young children to eat solid foods — with loving hearts, we want our little one to “open your mouth wide” so we can get the food in and they will grow to be healthy, strong, and happy.
We are God’s little children. We need to be nourished with God’s truths, so we will be spiritually healthy, strong, and happy — enabled to reach our home in heaven. If we choose to not partake of God’s truths — stubbornly keeping our mouths tightly shut — we will die spiritually, be bitterly lacking understanding, and spitefully imagining that God does not care for us or love us.
In Psalm 81, God reviews His almighty saving acts of love for the Israelites. In spite of experiencing many miraculous, saving acts of love, many Israelites chose to stubbornly live in their sins and idolatry. They rejected the LORD, their Savior, and chose to worship idols, living like their heathen neighbors. They did not like or appreciate God’s ways and commandments.
The LORD told them in Psalm 81:8-10,
Hear, O My people, and I will admonish you;
O Israel, if you would listen to Me!
Let there be no strange god among you;
Nor shall you worship any foreign god.
I, the LORD, am your God,
Who brought you up from the land of Egypt;
Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.
“Open your mouth wide and I will fill it” sounds like many a young mother. It can be frustrating to work with a stubborn child, who wants nothing but treats. God gave the Israelites “over to the stubbornness of their heart, to walk in their own devices.”
He let the rebellious suffer the consequences of their stubborn sinfulness, which is eternal condemnation. But, He still offered forgiveness and blessings to all who would turn back to Him. That is grace and righteousness.
May we revel in God’s grace and say, “Hallelujah! LORD, it is so good to be Your dear child.”
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.