Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Tuesday, August 11th: Psalm 81-83, 1 Peter 1 ~ Nathan
Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 81-83, 1 Peter 1
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Psalms 84-86; 1 Peter 2
The Psalmist starts off in chapter 81 talking about how God wants Isreal to depend Him only. It says in verses 8-10:
"(8)Hear me, my people, and I will warn you— if you would only listen to me, Israel!  You shall have no foreign god among you; you shall not worship any god other than me.  I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it."
God is almost pleading with the Israelites to follow Him, and He wants the same from us. Why wouldn't we grab that gift?
Later in chapter 83:1 we see the opposite, we see how the Psalmist begs to hear from God,
"O God, do not remain silent; do not turn a deaf ear, do not stand aloof, O God."
God doesn't necessarily answer us when we want. This may feel like He's ignoring us, but He isn't, as we read earlier He shows how He wants us to live for Him. He is in charge and will answer when it's best.
In our reading out of 1 Peter we read right away how this letter from Peter is to all the Jews scattered throughout different lands. Peter goes on to remind the Jews that they are God's chosen people and God wants them to be made clean by the sacrifice of Jesus.