Read Psalm 85:1-13
I will listen to what God the LORD will say;
he promises peace to his people, his saints—
but let them not return to folly.
I don’t believe formulas are ever possible with the Lord, but if we can distill his Word down to one, here is a simple prescription for Divine favor: Hear—and do!
Listen to God, then do what he says. Hear and do! James echoed that command in the New Testament when he said, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” Then, for the one who hears and does, James added, “He will be blessed in what he does.” (James 1:22,25)
There is no deep, mysterious secret to the revival of favor that the psalmist is seeking in Psalm 85. There is no complex set of rules and regulations the believer must master in order to live in the blessing of abundance promised in the Bible. It is so simple even a child can get it. In fact, all good parents drill this into their children early and often: Listen and obey!
You have no problem with that—right? Neither do I! So here’s the question: Why aren’t you doing that?
I am not trying to be judgmental or confrontational, I am just asking a serious question. You have areas of your life where you are either not listening to God, or not obeying what you hear—or both! So do I. And that may be the very reason you and I are not living in the full abundance of God, spiritually, financially, physically, professionally or relationally.
So what are you going to do about it? I think I will do a little evaluating today—some listening, first, then obeying. I plan on getting this one right. You can hold me accountable on that one. And when I get to the end of my life, I hope that I will have so lived that on my headstone are inscribed these words: He listened to God—and obeyed!
“When it comes time to die, make sure that all you have to do is die.”