8Hear, O my people, and I will testify unto thee: O Israel, if thou wilt hearken unto me;
9There shall no strange god be in thee; neither shalt thou worship any strange god.
10I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.
Testimony of God
Does God speak to us? Yes! The most obvious way God speaks to us is through His Word, not in complex terminology that is difficult to understand, but plainly. Neither are His commandments sparse, but are scattered throughout His entire Word. Psalm 81 is a perfect example of not only God's instructions to His people, but also of the amazing testimony of God:
I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.
This same promise applies to Christians today as well, as do the commandments God originally gave to His people, the Israelites. What is the first, and according to Jesus, great commandment?
37Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38This is the first and great commandment. (Matthew 22:37-38, King James Version)
Spoken in another way, verse 9 of Psalm 81 states,
There shall no strange god be in thee; neither shalt thou worship any strange god.
At our first reading of this verse we may say, "I do not break that commandment, for I do not bow down to idols and worship them." Yet, sadly, most of us are guilty of breaking this commandment as well as all of the rest.
Is God only speaking of idols or foreign gods such as Baal? No. A strange god is anything we determine to be greater in importance than God. No person, place, or thing should be more important to us than God. He is to be the first and most preeminent in our lives.
For the true Christian, God is everything! Without Him we have nothing, and with Him we have everything. Only in Christ can we even begin to understand how to love one another; only in Christ does life have any meaning. Thus we read the testimony of God in Psalm 81, verse 10: Open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.
How rich we are in Christ, and how poor we are without Him. By the grace of God, ask Him to help you place Him above all else so that you may personally realize the testimony of God in your own life!
God Bless You,