Psalm 78

Psalm 78 is a history lesson of just how pathetic we are as humans to stay the course.  The psalmist recalls a whole litany of examples of how God was faithful to His people, and they quickly forgot and turned away.  As I read this chapter it wasn’t much of a stretch to change the words to some much closer in time than these from early biblical history.  As much as I wish we were different, we truly are not.  God blesses us, and when we are comfortable, we totally forget Him and focus on self.  We move from being focused on Him to focusing on the guy in the mirror.  It is a very unfortunate situation.

So what are we to do to try and prevent this cycle of losing focus on God and what matters?  Scripture tells us not to “hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done”.  We have to continually tell the story of God’s faithfulness.  And a very powerful and obvious story it is.  We have to be intentional about keeping God front and center.  We have to become story tellers and write down the faithfulness of God so we can tell our kids and grandkids.  That is what God has called us to do.

But it actually is more than a suggestion.  “He commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments;  and that they should not be like their fathers….whose heart was not steadfast, whose spirit was not faithful to God”.  Feeling convicted?  Most of us should be.  God has commanded us – and it is laid squarely on the shoulders of fathers here – to teach our kids well.  It doesn’t tell us to take them to Sunday school and let the church do it.  It doesn’t say to buy some books and have mom read them to the kids.  It says fathers have that job.  Dads need to step up and lead – and that begins by teaching our kids about God’s faithfulness.

The rest of the chapter reminds us of how people just lose track of reality.  “They tested God in their heart by demanding….they spoke against God….they tested God again and again”.  When will we learn?  When will we figure out that God is God and will do what He says?  The only variable in our relationship with God is us.  It is not Him.  He never changes.  And He has blessed mankind since He created Adam and Eve in the Garden.  But “in spite of all this, they still sinned; despite his wonders, they did not believe”.  Oh that we can become a different kind of Christ Follower.  One that not only knows God and His work in our lives, but one that lives that way.  We need to live well, teach well and walk well with our Lord!

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