The Cry of God’s Heart

            “Oh, that My people would listen to Me, thatIsraelwould walk in My ways! I would soon subdue their enemies, and turn My hand against their adversaries. The haters of the LORD would pretend submission to Him, but their fate would endure forever. He would have fed them also with the finest of wheat; and with honey from the rock I would have satisfied you” Psalm 81:13-16 (NKJ).

           Yes, this Psalm was originally written to reveal the disappointing cry of God’s heart overIsrael’s disobedience. Be quick to remember, though, that theChurchofGodincludes all who name the name of Christ as Savior, Redeemer, and Lord. We Gentiles have been grafted in and so are as much God’s children as isIsrael. This cry then from God’s disappointed heart could very well be directed at us.

          God desires that we walk in His ways. Look at all He will do when we simply obey:

  • God will subdue our enemies.
  • God will turn His hand against our adversaries.
  • Haters of the Lord who are around us will get what’s coming to them.
  • God will feed us the necessities of life from the finest He has.
  • God will provide “honey from the rock,” those things which are over and above the necessities, to satisfy us.

         And all we have to do is listen (hear intelligently) and walk (continually follow) in His ways (the road He’s marked out for us)? Sounds like a no-brainer to me!


©2011 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at Also, periodically check in at to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on August 20, 2011.

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