The scripture for today is Psalm 78:1-8, 17-29, NIV.
1 My people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth.
2 I will open my mouth with a parable; I will utter hidden things, things from of old—
3 things we have heard and known, things our ancestors have told us.
4 We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation
the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done.
5 He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel,
which he commanded our ancestors to teach their children,
6 so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born,
and they in turn would tell their children.
7 Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds
but would keep his commands.
8 They would not be like their ancestors—a stubborn and rebellious generation,
whose hearts were not loyal to God, whose spirits were not faithful to him.
17 But they continued to sin against him, rebelling in the wilderness against the Most High.
18 They willfully put God to the test by demanding the food they craved.
19 They spoke against God; they said, “Can God really spread a table in the wilderness?
20 True, he struck the rock, and water gushed out, streams flowed abundantly, but can he also give us bread? Can he supply meat for his people?”
21 When the LORD heard them, he was furious; his fire broke out against Jacob, and his wrath rose against Israel,
22 for they did not believe in God or trust in his deliverance.
23 Yet he gave a command to the skies above and opened the doors of the heavens;
24 he rained down manna for the people to eat, he gave them the grain of heaven.
25 Human beings ate the bread of angels; he sent them all the food they could eat.
26 He let loose the east wind from the heavens and by his power made the south wind blow.
27 He rained meat down on them like dust, birds like sand on the seashore.
28 He made them come down inside their camp, all around their tents.
29 They ate till they were gorged—he had given them what they craved.
The verses of this Psalm show the ways that humans respond to challenges and adversity. In the first verses (1 to 8) the author tells us to tell our children and our children’s children the ways of the Lord. In verse 7 he spells out his reasoning: “Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.” I admit I have a short attention span and the Psalmist shows us that most of us do. I catch myself taking on too much and forgetting that God is the reason we are here. If I ask him for help and guidance, he will provide direction. Life doesn’t need to be lonely and frightening when we remember that we are part of God’s creation, his plan for this world and recognize that he perfectly directs his plan.
In the second part of today’s readings (verses 17 to 29) I am reminded that humans are a hardheaded people. We love our God one minute and complain that he has forgotten us the next minute. This passage acknowledges that even when we are not faithful in our praise, God is faithful in the ways he responds.
Let us pray: Heavenly Father we praise you for your patience and your love; for you never withhold either from us. Help us to see your hand in our day to day life so that we may understand the depth of your love. Amen
Rob Carrothers email@example.com
Prayer Concern – Those who don’t realize that God is faithful ALL the time.