The work of character formation is coming to an end, bringing a sense of urgency to the reader.
In Psalm 81:12 God provides us an example of what has happened in past generations. In this particular story He is faced with the uncomfortable task of giving His people up to their lusts and desires. Because they walked in their own counsels and rejected God.
I’ve included a comment by F. B. Meyer where he beautifully explains the matter, he says:
God wants our emptiness, which seems to Him like the gaping beak of the young fledgling, Psalm 81:10. Give me room! is his incessant appeal. It must be the wonder of eternity, and it will certainly be our regret when we come to review our life, that we have asked so little. Give me room! cries the river, as it comes with a rush to the plains. Give me room! cries the wind, as it searches into the narrow courts and alleys of the slums. Give me room! says the Spirit of God, as He breathes around the house of our heart, seeking by any tiny crack to enter.
In the closing Psalm 81:13-16, we have an enumeration of all the blessings which would be ours, if only we would open our mouths wide. God would constitute Himself as our champion in subduing our enemies–the temptations from without and the inward warrings of selfishness and passion. He would give us unbroken and enduring blessedness. He would allow us to eat of His flesh and drink of His blood, which are meat and drink indeed. He would surely satisfy us with the sweet honey of His love. Let us begin to claim these benefits!F. B. Meyer
This is so sad. You can see Jesus clearly communicating this painful reality in Matthew 23:37 where He says:
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under wings, and ye would not!
The gist of the matter is: God wants our hearts. He wants to bless us.
“Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.”
Here again, we see the urgency communicated in the text along with a very special blessing pronounced on those who take time to understand and do the counsels presented in the book.
“Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.”
You will find an emphasis throughout the book of Revelation on keeping the “sayings” or “teachings” of this book, because God is returning for His people.
He says, “behold I come quickly.”