Today you should read: Psalm 78:1-39
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” ~George Santayana
In Psalm 78, the author begins with a recollection of the glorious deeds that God performed for Israel. We see the parting of the Red Sea for the Israelites as God delivered them from the Egyptians. God provided water from rocks in the wilderness and rained down manna from heaven so that Israel would not starve to death. Although God did so many wonders in their sight and preserved Israel according to the covenant made with Abraham they still did not believe.
In spite of everything that Israel had seen they still chose to sin against God. Verses 33-35 focus in on God’s judgment on Israel. It wasn’t until God took away His favor and poured out judgment that Israel turned back to the Lord. However, their turning back was not to worship God but to preserve themselves. It was all about them.
“But they flattered him with their mouths; they lied to him with their tongues. Their heart was not steadfast toward him; they were not faithful to his covenant.” Psalm 78:36-37
At this point, if I were God I would have just destroyed the whole nation of Israel. They only cared about themselves. They had a very “what have you done for me lately” attitude. Fortunately for us God has a heart of compassion. He looked past their iniquities and held to his promise. (v.38-39)
So what does all this mean to us?
We are the next generation that verse 6 is talking about. We have to look carefully at Israel and learn from them. We should take warning from verse 8… “they should not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not steadfast, whose spirit was not faithful to God.”
So where is your hope? Do you recognize that every time you sit down for a meal that God provided that for you. When it is 95 degrees outside and you are sitting in a house with air-conditioning do you remember that it was God who provided that? If you are a believer in Christ how often do you think about Jesus dying on a cross, so that by grace you would have the privilege to be adopted back into a relationship with God?
I pray that today you would put your hope in the Lord and give Him the glory for your life because it is by His grace that you have been saved. Ephesians 2:8-9: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
Posted by: Chad Wiles