Putting God's Word into Practice…

Psalm 78 ~ Forgetting God

on November 28, 2012

Each morning I read a psalm to pray and prepare my heart for the verses I am going to study more deeply.  This morning I went a little deeper into the psalm because I felt like it tied to Ephesians 3:20 which I studied yesterday.  My goal is to quickly summarize the psalm and tie it to Ephesians, but my great hope is that you will read Psalm 78 for yourself and spend time “remembering” God’s faithfulness in your own life and sharing those stories with others.

Psalm 78 is a history lesson of the life of the Israelites.  God miraculously sprung them from their Egyptian captivity and supernaturally provided for them in the wilderness, yet they forgot God and forgot to tell their children about His awesome works.   

Forgetting God results in disobedience, rebellion, wavering commitment and unfaithfulness. They sinned against God; they tested God, they made demands of God; they failed to believe and trust Him. (17-18) In spite of God’s supernatural provision-despite His wonders–they did not believe in Him! (32) This not only destroyed their faith, but also the faith of the next generation!

Psalm 78:38-42 YET HE, BEING COMPASSIONATE ATONED FOR THEIR INIQUITY AND DID NOT DESTROY THEM; he restrained His anger often and did not stir up all His wrath.  HE REMEMBERED THAT THEY WERE BUT FLESH, a wind that passes and comes not again. How often they rebelled against Him in the wilderness and grieved Him in the desert! They tested God again and again and provoked the Holy One of Israel.  THEY DID NOT REMEMBER HIS POWER OR THE DAY WHEN HE REDEEMED THEM FROM THE FOE.

God, in compassion, atoned for their sin–their egregious forgetfulness.

  • We forget God=God remembers us
  • We are faithless=God is faithful
  • We grieve God=God redeems us

If you have been redeemed by God, do you think often about the day He saved you from the Enemy? Do you recall and retell His faithfulness to rescue your life?  When God provides for you, do you declare His deeds to others?  When God answers prayer do you proclaim His wonders?

Sadly, not unlike us, the Israelites continued in their unbelief, their distrust and their unfaithful, discontent ways. They lost the reverence and awe of their Holy Redeemer and Provider. So the Lord let them have their way (78:29, 78:59-64, Romans 1: 24, 26, 28). He turned them over to man and let them walk the road to captivity and destruction.

But our great God did not leave them as captives, He rescued them again and again.  He set up an everlasting kingdom starting with David and ending with Jesus-the Eternal King!

There are consequences to forgetting God.  If we claim to follow God, but are held captive by fear, anxiety, worry, distrust, discontentment, etc…be behave treacherously toward our Creator and Redeemer and grieve His heart.  We can also destroy the hope of the next generation.

Psalm 78:4, 6-8 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…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, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not steadfast, whose spirit was not faithful to God.

So why did this chapter make me think of Ephesians 3:20???

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think…

I am not asking or thinking big enough!  I am not expecting God to blow my ideas out of the water with His ability to do abundantly!  I want to experience more of His supernatural presence, power and deeds so that I have some great teachings and stories to share with my kids so that they will put their hope in the Lord! That is an unshakable legacy to leave with the next generation!

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