The psalmist is very descriptive as he ends these amazing references to the story of the Exodus. It is all about trusting God. The children of Israel had seen amazing miracles. He brought them out of centuries of slavery. They ate bread from heaven and drank water from rocks. They experienced God’s protection, His mercy, His care over them and His intervention in their lives. And yet many of them turned away. They each had a choice. Follow God or follow their own path. Some were blessed because they chose the Lord. Some moved into destruction because they walked in rebellion. The remaining verses show us the difference. “Then the Lord awoke as from sleep, as a warrior wakes from the stupor of wine. He beat back his enemies; he put them to everlasting shame. Then he rejected the tents of Joseph, he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim; but he chose the tribe of Judah, Mount Zion, which he loved. He built his sanctuary like the heights, like the earth that he established forever. He chose David his servant and took him from the sheep pens;from tending the sheep he brought him to be the shepherd of his people Jacob, of Israel his inheritance. And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.”
They had a choice. So, do we. We can look back over our lives and see God’s amazing hand. Yet, do we walk in faith following after God, or do we walk in rebellion? We get to choose.
Gracious Father, forgive me for those times when I fail to trust You. Help me to be faithful to follow You, no matter what.