Today my Bible reading included Psalm 78. Here’s the gist. As an instructional psalm the author gently calls the audience to listen up and remember. Remember the wonders of God, how He had worked miraculously in the lives of the Israelites even when they were stubborn and rebellious.
“(T)hey did not keep God’s covenant and refused to live by his law. They forgot what he had done, the wonders he had shown them” (Ps. 78:10-11).
What was God’s response? He divided the sea, guided them, and gave them water.
“But they continued to sin against him” (Ps. 78:17). “(F)or they did not believe in God or trust in his deliverance” (Ps. 78:22).
God’s response: He sent bread from heaven and gave them meat.
“In spite of all this, they kept sinning” (Ps. 78:32).
God’s response: “Yet he was merciful; he forgave their iniquities … He remembered that they were but flesh” (Ps. 78:38-39).
“Again and again they put God to the test” (Ps. 78:41).
God’s response: “He chose David his servant … to be the shepherd of his people” (Ps 78:70-71). And, God promised that from David’s offspring, He would establish the throne of His kingdom forever (2 Samuel 7:13).
Jesus came from the line of David as the final King and Shepherd. Despite all our sin and rebellion, Jesus came to love us and die for us in order for us to have an eternal relationship with Him.
How should we respond?
1) May we remember His great sacrifice, the ways He daily blesses and forgives us, and tell this good news to the next generations.
2) When we remember the wonders He has done, we can know that we can trust Him with our future.