It is the responsibility of those appointed watchmen amongst God’s people to warn a sinner about his ways. Ezekiel 33:7-9 What warning of Asaph’s speaks to you?
Psalm 81 v 11-12 says, “But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel would not submit to me. So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts, to follow their own counsels.”
Here we see what Paul speaks of in Romans 1. This is not just an Old Testament behaviour OR judgement from God.
Romans 1 v28 says, “And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.”
To get a clearer picture, the whole chapter of Romans 1 can be read.
From Psalm 81 God calls out to us, “O Israel, if you would but listen to me!”
And right there in Romans 1 we get a full picture for all of mankind, “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.”
SO THEY ARE WITHOUT EXCUSE.
In Psalm 81 God calls His people back to Him.
For us, God has called us in Jesus – Once for all time.
In Jesus we are able to listen to His voice.
In Jesus we are able to walk in His ways.
In Jesus we have a far better story for people than what they hear from the world.
Let’s be encouraged to not be afraid of speaking about God in our world today. And to call on people to listen to the eternity in their hearts, to see God’s attributes at work in creation and history.
Let our hearts be for the lost! Let’s pray that God prepares us for the harvest, and that the harvest is plentiful! (Matt 7 v37-38).