Psalm 78

Psalm 78 is a history lesson of God’s goodness to His people in spite of their continual disobedience and rebellion.  The psalmist begins by reminding us to listen and learn.  “Give ear, O my people, to my teaching; incline your ears to the words of my mouth”!  God has given us plenty of sources to know Him.  We have His Word.  We have His creation.  We have the history of the world.  There is so much for us to know about God.  And He was direct when He told His people to teach the “things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us”.

It is our job to pass on all that knowledge to the coming generations.  Certainly in the US, the data is clear that most are no longer growing up in the knowledge of God.  But that is certainly not God’s plan.  “We will not 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 are to tell the story, His story because “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”. 

 Why is it so important?  “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, a stubborn and rebellious generation”.  It’s no wonder that young people don’t know anything about God today.  Parents and grandparents did not pass along the truth, and their lives didn’t demonstrate it either.  “They did not keep God’s covenant, but refused to walk according to his law. They forgot his works and the wonders that he had shown them”.

Scripture tells us:

  • They tested God
  • They did not remember
  • They spoke against God
  • They rebelled against the Most High God
  • They turned away
  • They acted treacherously

It’s no wonder God is tired of His people and their attitudes and actions.  They take all they can and then promptly do whatever they want.  “They tested and rebelled against the Most High God and did not keep his testimonies, but turned away and acted treacherously like their fathers”.  Oh that we can learn from their mistakes and walk in obedience with God as we teach our children of His ways!

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