Fewer people are responding to the gospel than in times past and it seems that the attrition rate among the Lord’s people is at an all time high. The world with its materialistic focus is a bigger influence than ever.
People fail to see the calamitous situation they are in without the Lord; and they don’t realize the magnitude of what is being offered to them through the gospel.
Consider Asaph songs found in Psalms 73-83, and also Psalm 50. Psalm 81:1, 10-16, the plea of the Lord. God says open your mouth wide and I will fill it. And verse 16, I will feed you with the finest of the wheat and with honey of the rock I will satisfy you.
Psalm 37 is similar. Delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Joel 2:23-32, the blessing of abundance; peace and redemption and fellowship are some of the blessings mentioned.
But Psalm 81 is talking about more than physical blessings. Honey from a rock? He is saying I can bring awesome things from things not generally known for providing that. In verse 11 he says my people would not listen to my voice and Israel would not obey me. People needed a shepherd to lead the way, as they need one today. People are too stubborn. If you reject God, however, He will give you over to your desires. If you persist in your stubbornness, He’ll let you have it. Then in verse 13, “oh that My people would listen to me.”
And if you fake it, God will know and will punish you. Verse 15. Pretend obedience and the time of your punishment will be forever. He sees the pretenders and the defiant.
An inescapable conclusion is found in verse 10, “I the Lord, am your God.”