“But my people would not listen to me;
Israel would not submit to me.
12 So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts
to follow their own devices.
13 “If my people would only listen to me,
if Israel would only follow my ways,
14 how quickly I would subdue their enemies
and turn my hand against their foes!
15 Those who hate the Lord would cringe before him,
and their punishment would last forever.
16 But you would be fed with the finest of wheat;
with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.” Psalm 81:11-16
What do you think are the elements of true submission?
Learn more about the artists of The Common Hymnal Here.
By J. Lillie
Divine Interruptions, repetitions
All gather at the wedding or casket.
Always the same, crazy drunk dancers
We can’t escape the circle.
I can’t say, “I won’t walk the circumference of the dance floor”
Neither can you. But still we say it.
We end up on the other side anyway,
Having never moved at all, or run at it
Like some desperate groom chasing his bride.
Some old man chasing oxygen from plastic tubes.
Circle of Life
Every vacation, work week, church service,
math problem, sentence, curriculum, culture,
biology, clock, world, solar system,
galaxy, universe, cell, family dinner,
baseball game, track meet, sermon, and campaign
Has its order
Invocation, Gospel, Law, communion, committal, after party
Drawing us to our ends. We are all stuck
In the Divine equation, wedding, funeral
We are all stuck with our free will.
Faith isn’t the ability to believe long and far into the misty future. It’s simply taking God at His Word and taking the next step.
Learn more about the artists of Common Hymnal Here.
I heard an unknown voice say:
6 “I removed the burden from their shoulders;
their hands were set free from the basket.
7 In your distress you called and I rescued you,
I answered you out of a thundercloud;
I tested you at the waters of Meribah.[c]
8 Hear me, my people, and I will warn you—
if you would only listen to me, Israel!
9 You shall have no foreign god among you;
you shall not worship any god other than me.
10 I am the Lord your God,
who brought you up out of Egypt.
Open wide your mouth and I will fill it. Psalm 81:5-10
What are you doing to let God fill you today?