READ : Psalm 81:6-12
“But my people did not listen to my voice” (v. 11).
“It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen” (Oliver Wendell Holmes). “Listen” appears in 275 verses in the Bible, and God urges His people to hear Him. “I spoke to you but you did not listen,” He laments in Deuteronomy. The prophets call, “Return to the Lord and listen to his voice.”
God speaks to Job, “Listen to me; keep silent, and I will teach you wisdom.” God invites through Ezekiel, “Take into your heart all my words which I shall speak to you, and listen closely.” In the New Testament, James urges all of us, “Let every man be swift to hear, and slow to speak.”
Someone said that God gave us one mouth and two ears as a clue that we should listen twice as much as we talk. In reading the Scriptures and preparing to pray, we need to be quiet and listen carefully for information, interpretation and guidance; as well as for conviction of sin, healing, encouragement and strength.
How disappointed we feel when someone does not listen well to us! How grieved our Lord must be when we disregard His voice!
Forgive us, Lord, for talking too much and not being careful to listen to Your words.