Today, if you will hear His voice: "Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion, As in the day of trial in the wilderness, When your fathers tested Me; They tried Me, though they saw My work. (Psalm 95:7b-9 NKJV)
Are you ready to hear from God? Will you hear from God or will you close your ears and harden your heart to what He has to say to you? God wants us to not only come before Him in praise and adoration, but also in obedience and submission. Just as He was angered when the people of Israel questioned and turned away from God in their stubbornness while in the wilderness after their captivity in Egypt, it pains God to see it today. He wants us to come to Him, as Psalm 95 clearly calls the reader to do, but he wants us to come in praise, in humility and in submission. Psalm 95 exemplies a wonderful progression of how we should come to God in prayer. Praise leads to humility, which should lead to complete submission to God's will and not our own. Let's open our bibles to Psalm 95 and dig in! :)
Come...in Praise (Psalm 95:1-5)
The psalmist implores us to sing unto the Lord joyfully with thanksgiving to the Rock of our salvation. God is so worthy of praise. If we carefully consider all that He is - all-powerful, majestic, creator of all - our awe and adoration of Him should flow from our lips.
Come...in Humility (Psalm 95:6-7)
For me, there is nothing like an understanding of how puny I am in relation to God to bring me to my knees. He is my Maker and my Shepherd. He is our God. Fully understanding who we are should bring us to our knees when we approach God. We must revere Him.
Come...in Submission (Psalm 95:7-11)
Today if you hear from God through your daily bible reading, another devotional, a bible teacher or even this blog, what are you going to do with what you've been told? That is the question of the day. God love us, like He loves His Israelites, and because of that love He wants so much for us. He wants the best for us and only He really knows what that "best" is. To enter into the "rest" God has for each of us, we must wholeheartedly attempt to follow His direction in all areas of our lives, not just the areas we want to follow.
Heavenly Father, show me clearly today even though it may be painful to see, the areas in which I am hardening my heart toward your desires for my life. Help me to walk in the full power of your Holy Spirit so that I can change in these areas. Thank you for allowing me to come to you at all. Your steadfast love for your wayward "sheep" is incomprehensible to me. Help me to remember your past miracles in my life as I anticipate the future you have planned for me, trusting in your goodness as you work your will in my life. Amen.