Open Wide the Door

“I relieved your shoulder of the burden.
In distress you called, and I delivered you;
    I answered you in the secret place of thunder...
Hear, O my people, while I admonish you!
    O Israel, if you would but listen to me!
There shall be no strange god among you;
    you shall not bow down to a foreign god.
I am the Lord your God,
    who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.
    Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.

“But my people did not listen to my voice;
    Israel would not submit to me.
So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts,
    to follow their own counsels.
Oh, that my people would listen to me,
    that Israel would walk in my ways!
I would soon subdue their enemies
    and turn my hand against their foes.
Those who hate the Lord would cringe toward him,
    and their fate would last forever.
But he would feed you with the finest of the wheat,
    and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.” Psalm 81:6-16

If only we would open wide our mouths to God’s heavenly food, our lives to His power! He is so generous, He does such good, He loves so well, yet we shrug Him off. His reign is benevolent, His counsels are wise, His might is unquenchable, yet we claim control over our own path. He relieves, He delivers, He disciplines, yet we prefer taking on challenges alone and setting our own direction.

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“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20

O, what freedom, what delight, what satisfaction there is in opening wide the door of our lives to the Lord for Him to take residence and His Spirit to fill!

When we have received help and mercy from God, even our salvation, and been enfolded in His measureless love, what allures us to flirt with idols and incline to strange gods? Have we forgotten His compassion, provision, and care? What sin pets do we coddle, feed, and hide in corner closets, afraid to open wide our doors to His light and cleansing? Have we lost a sight of God’s holiness, grace, and plans for our good? What makes our hearts stiffen, our attitudes grow stubborn, but an overweening indulgence of self, which opens us unwittingly to a nasty enemy, fighting for control of our will? (Jeremiah 29:11; Ephesians 6:18)

“Cleanse and refine our earthly parts, inflame and sanctify our hearts; our frailties help, our vice control, submit the senses to the soul.”  ~John Dryden (1631-1700)

Great Father, put Your loving strong hands on mine and open wide the door of my life to all of You. Keep my mouth feeding on the heavenly honey of Your word, my ears listening to Your voice, my feet walking in Your ways. May I find full satisfaction in Thee, and may You overflow to bring blessing and grace to those who have yet to taste You.

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