As we read the story of the Israelites in the book of Exodus and have it reiterated here in this psalm, we can see God’s intervention: His wonderful protection, His amazing plan for Israel, His love and mercy. But we can also see what happens when people do not obey. We see the destruction and devastation that turning our hearts away from God can bring. This section begins with God’s guidance and His provision of places of safety. It ends with the nation of Israel putting God to the test and rebelling. Rebellion against God always brings consequences and we see what happened. This is a model for us. Obey and walk in the blessing of God’s hand over us, or rebel and walk in the destruction of God’s hand against us.
Join me as we read Psalm 78:53-64. “He guided them safely, so they were unafraid; but the sea engulfed their enemies. And so he brought them to the border of his holy land, to the hill country his right hand had taken. He drove out nations before them and allotted their lands to them as an inheritance; he settled the tribes of Israel in their homes. But they put God to the test and rebelled against the Most High; they did not keep his statutes. Like their ancestors they were disloyal and faithless, as unreliable as a faulty bow. They angered him with their high places; they aroused his jealousy with their idols. When God heard them, he was furious; he rejected Israel completely. He abandoned the tabernacle of Shiloh, the tent he had set up among humans. He sent the ark of his might into captivity, his splendor into the hands of the enemy. He gave his people over to the sword; he was furious with his inheritance. Fire consumed their young men, and their young women had no wedding songs; their priests were put to the sword, and their widows could not weep.”
Lord, help me to read Your Word and understand that following You is the very best plan for my life. Keep me on Your path and help me never to turn away.