But I would feed you with the finest of the wheat, and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you. Psalm 81:16
I wasn’t prepared for ‘honey.’ I remembered how Moses struck the rock in the wilderness and God’s thirsty people received water from the rock. I also remembered another occasion when they were thirsty and complaining. This time God told Moses to speak to the rock, but Moses was upset. He struck the rock, twice, and lost his ticket to the promised land. But still, the thirsty people of God got water from the rock. When I first read Psalm 81:16, I was prepared for water. I wasn’t prepared for honey.
In the course of Psalm 81, God declared “But my people did not listen to my voice.” (v11) Then God sighed. I say it with reverence and I am not certain I have it right. But here is what he said. “Oh that my people would listen to me.” (v13) It sounds like a sigh to me. It sounds like God longs to do something but his people want no part of it.
What does God want to do? Perhaps something we would never expect. Perhaps not just water but honey. But what does it matter whether water or honey, if we are not thirsty for anything at all?
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Matthew 5:6
What a Savior!