Few of us enjoy going to a dentist. The first words we usually hear after a pleasant greeting are, "Open your mouth wide, please. Wider…Thank you!" Most of us, from our previous experiences with dentists, would rather keep our mouth shut.
When the Psalms were written, there were many different ways to show favors to their guests. For example, if a king wanted to extend a favor to a guest he would sometimes say, "Open your mouth wide," and then fill it with gems or sweets.
Our King said to us in Psalm 81, "Open wide your mouth and I will fill it!" What an unusual statement. Yet, when we think of it, our King's love is limitless and His might is measureless and His knowledge of our needs is ever on His mind!
What an encouragement for us to invest time in prayer. When we pray, we “open our mouths” and express our needs and desires to God. If, when we pray, we are earnest and honest and sincere and expect God to hear us…and if we have been obedient to His teaching… and if in our prayers we are asking Him to bless our requests in a way that will honor Him, then surely He will respond positively to our requests.
God is able and anxious to meet our every need. If we have a loved one who has not accepted His grace, or if we have a need for food on our tables, or if we have a spouse or parent or child who is suffering with a disease that some say is incurable, give us an opportunity for us to “open wide our mouths” and ask for His help, hope, and healing.
Prayer: Give us faith, Heavenly Father, to believe that Your invitation “is what it is” – to open wide our mouths and call on You. Help us to trust You more! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Open wide your mouth and I will fill it. Psalm 81:10b
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