This past week I came across a verse from Psalm 81: 10 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, that I may fill it. ” I immediately thought of the children at the center in Guatemala that our team had the blessing of serving every day at lunch time on our recent visit there . Several of the toddlers would come to the table and cry, and for whatever reason, decided they didn’t want to eat at that time, while most chowed down the delicious food on the green plate in front of them! The babies fully depended on our team to feed them, as they waited patiently for the spoon- to- mouth experience, with mouths wide open.
This verse also reminds me of an example we see in nature. I envision a mama bird feeding her young, and the provision she brings to her nest filled with tiny feathered creatures. They feel the bounce of the nest or see the shadow of the mama bird, before their eyes are fully working, and automatically pop open their tiny mouths wide to receive the food. This may happen up to 100 times per day in the early days of the young birds. Our Heavenly Father wants us to anticipate His blessings that He has for us in our daily lives. But in order to receive those, we need to stay close to “the nest” and wait for Him. We need to be daily ” in the shadow of His wings” ( Psalm 91:1-4)
The verse preceding the promise of Psalm 81:10 is very important: ” There shall be no strange gods among you: you shall not bow down to a foreign god.” He cannot give us our daily provisions or the blessings, if our hearts are with idols that we have chosen to put before Him. Last Sunday night I heard a sermon from Deuteronomy 12:28-32, by Bro. Brandon Denmark, as he discussed three types of idols in our lives: Idol of Comfort. Idol of Significance. Idol of Control. God cannot “fill our mouths” with spiritual or material blessings, if our hearts are chasing after the idols of comfort, significance, or control instead of pursuing Him. We must worship Him alone. He wants to fill our mouths, but He, alone, must be the object of our worship as we wait, anticipate, and have faith that He will answer our prayers.
These two verses have convicted me of idols in my life and the many times I have failed to seek His presence daily, being still and waiting for Him, and worshipping Him alone. I need to be thankful of the many blessings He brings into my life, whether spiritual or material, and realize I am a helpless young bird needing to be fed only from Jehovah Jireh, my Great Provider.
Jesus gives us an example of birds in Matthew 6: 25-26 ” Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap or gather into barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”