Psalm 78:32-55 An Historical Wisdom Psalm by Asaph
Psalm 78:32-55 Don’t Know Much About History? Part 2
We continue with the history of the Jews, written as an encouragement to the people of Asaph’s time to be faithful to the Lord and not sin.
The days of the Ephraimite tribe being the supreme family came to an abrupt end (vv. 32-34). As is normal with most people, when things get really tough, then they turn to God (vv. 34-35). When we get to the end of the rope, that is when we cry out to the Lord. Then we trust Him to be our Rock (v. 35). Of course, we should trust Him as a Rock every day!
It doesn’t do any good to lie to God (v. 36). He knows if we are being deceitful. Honesty is the best policy. That may not be original with me.
Not being faithful to God is a form of lying to Him (v. 37). It is expected of a saved person to be a disciple. A disciple is expected to be faithful. “Unfaithful disciple” is an oxymoron or it may just be moronic. If a disciple is unfaithful, that person will lose blessings from the Lord.
Fortunately, though we may be unfaithful, God is faithful (v. 38, cf. 2 Tim. 2:13, “If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself”). God remembers we are faulty human beings and cuts us a lot of slack (v. 39, cf. Ps. 103:10).
God was not pleased with the generation of Jews that wandered in the desert (vv. 40-42). He did all kinds of wondrous things yet they still didn’t trust Him (vv. 43-53). These included turning water to blood, infestation of flies, frogs, grasshoppers, and locusts (vv. 44-47). He dropped hailstones and frost on their crops (vv. 46-47). He sent lightning and hail to kill their cattle (v. 47-48). He used angels of death to devastate their families (vv. 49-51, 53). But in all this, God guarded the Israelites (vv. 52-53).
The Sovereign God protected His people and guided them to the land He had for them (v. 54). He drove out all of Israel’s enemies and provided a space for each tribe (v. 55).
Asaph wanted all the Jews to trust Yahweh for their provision of land, food, and any other needs. Do you think the Israelites were dummies when they forgot all that God had done for them? Do you trust God for all your needs (cf. Phil. 4:19)?
The writer, George Santayana, said that, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” That pretty much sums up the theme of Psalm 78. Hopefully, we remember the Word of God and don’t let Him down by forgetting all He has done for us!
Proverbs 12:21-23 Blathering Or Blessing?
More on speech today.
Those who are honest please the Lord but don’t tell everyone everything they know (vv. 22b-23a). Jesus told us not to “throw pearls before swine” (cf. Matt. 7:6). He also said believers should be “shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves” (cf. Matt. 10:18). My wife always tells me when I preach that I don’t have to tell them everything I know but I think she may just mean that I shouldn’t preach too long. Have you noticed older people tend to be quiet? They’ve learned they don’t have to stress themselves trying to help people who don’t want to be helped.
God hates people who lie. He also doesn’t like people who blather (vv. 22a, 24b). (Whoopee Goldberg is in trouble!)
If you don’t lie, you don’t have to lie to cover your lies. You stand to live a longer life and get into less trouble (v. 21a). Scoundrels invite distress by irritating everyone around them (v. 21b). The righteous trust the Lord and disseminate blessings. The unrighteous bring grief into others’ lives.
Which category do you fall into?