12 September 2013

Psalm 81:10

This is the final week in the Proverbs Online Bible Study "What Happens When Women Say Yes to God". The final entry for this round of of Blog Hops. I'm looking forward to the next study! "A Confident Heart" ... Visit Proverbs 31's site for how you can sign up! (Click here to visit site!!)

One of the topics to choose from this week is: "What does Psalm 81:10 mean to you (me)?"  To read it in just one version or translation, doesn't really do it justice! In closing, I'll include parallel looks at the verse. What came to my mind is a conversation that took place this past Saturday in Walmart.

I took Mom to Walmart to get a few things. As we were making our trek across the store, we saw some "friends". I knew the mother better than the daughter with her. As I listened to the daughter talk about her life, I could hear in her words she doesn't have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Her divorce took place 10 years ago, she still desires justice, she feels like all her hopes and dreams are still shattered, that she won't forgive--can't forgive because justice hasn't been served, she wants him to feel as miserable as she feels. Anger, bitterness just gushed from her. 

The Holy Spirit was like "Vivian, you've always said 'I don't know what my life would have been like if I hadn't had God; if I hadn't had a godly support system'. Well, here's what your life would look like now without Me."

Divorce wasn't the Egypt God rescued me from. A horrible marriage was part of the Egypt. Know what my Egypt was? Rejection! Life without a loving father! The lies that "I'm not good enough"! 

God has shown me so much love! He has poured out every ounce of His energy into accepting me, being my Father, and showing me I am good enough! (Ok, not every ounce of His energy BUT I think you understand what I mean by that phrase!)

All He was waiting for me to do was to open up to Him! He would have blessed me in my teen years and early 20s if I had just surrendered to Him and opened up for Him to pour out His blessings! 

God rescued me from a very personal Egypt! When I opened the mouth of my heart, He poured Himself into me! He has blessed me with:

1) A loving physical family. My mother, sister, brother, sister-in-law, my 2 precious children.

2) A loving spiritual family. My home church, BGFirst. My brothers and sisters in other churches. Especially, my down the road, over the creek, up the hill Sister in Christ. 

3) He has blessed me with a job, car, and a few other things too.

4) Peace. The ability to forgive and surrender my right to justice to Him! 

Know what? He's not finished! 

The encounter in Walmart wasn't just for me. It was for her too! I'm praying for her! I'm praying she'll allow God to rescue her from her Egypt! I'm praying she'll open the mouth of her heart and allow God to pour Himself into her! 

Yes, she's been divorced 10 years. I've been single again for 8. Know what the difference is? 1) Divorced represents brokenness 2) Single Again represents completeness. I am complete, made whole in Christ!

NLT: For it was I, the Lord your God,   who rescued you from the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it with good things.

MSG: I’m God, your God, the very God who rescued you from doom in Egypt, Then fed you all you could eat, filled your hungry stomachs.

NCV: I, the Lord, am your God, who brought you out of Egypt. Open your mouth and I will feed you.

LB: For it was I, Jehovah your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt. Only test me! Open your mouth wide and see if I won’t fill it. You will receive every blessing you can use!


  1. Praise the Lord for the love he is lavishing on you! How awesome it is that he spoke to you through someone at Walmart! It is amazing how we hear him when we are listening for his voice!

    God bless you,
    Melissa S OBS Group Leader

  2. Thank you for posting this, I can really identify.