July 30, 2020 – Thursday
Psalm 78:21-24 NIV
21 When the Lord heard them, He was furious; His fire broke out against Jacob, and His wrath rose against Israel,
22 for they did not believe in God or trust in His deliverance.
23 Yet He gave a command to the skies above and opened the doors of the heavens;
24 He rained down manna for the people to eat, He gave them the grain of heaven.
The author of this Psalm was not David, but Asaph. He was a singer and musician during the time of David and Solomon. Asaph was identified as a seer or prophet in 2 Chronicles 29:30. In Psalm 78 we have a historical Psalm with lessons to be learned and errors not to be repeated.
Some of the history is Israel’s exodus from Egypt and miracles in the desert such as giving them water from rocks. Yet with all the miracles to achieve their release from Egypt and more in the desert. Yet the people wanted more and continued to sin against God no matter what He did as the verses below leading up to our verses for today show. 17 But they continued to sin against Him, rebelling in the wilderness against the Most High. 18 They willfully put God to the test by demanding the food they craved. 19 They spoke against God; they said, “Can God really spread a table in the wilderness? 20 True, He struck the rock, and water gushed out, streams flowed abundantly, but can He also give us bread? Can He supply meat for his people?”
Such questions, effectively doubting God resulted in His fury and His wrath against Israel for they did not believe in God or trust in His deliverance. Still, even in His fury, Yet He gave a command to the skies above and opened the doors of the heavens; He rained down manna for the people to eat, He gave them the grain of heaven. Here we see how intricately connected believing and trusting are for they did not believe, nor did they trust. One has to wonder what would cause such disbelief and lack of trust after all God had done for them. They wanted what they wanted, never being satisfied with what God was providing. They acted as if God could not provide them what they wanted and when He did, they did not thank God, they simply gorged themselves. Then wanted more.
There should be no wonder at His anger at their unbelief and distrust after all He had done in Egypt and then in their midst. Thus, while they were gorging themselves, He sought to teach them a lesson 30 But before they turned from what they craved, even while the food was still in their mouths, 31 God’s anger rose against them; He put to death the sturdiest among them, cutting down the young men of Israel. 32 In spite of all this, they kept on sinning; in spite of His wonders, they did not believe.
Eventually they would turn to Him 35 They remembered that God was their Rock, that God Most High was their Redeemer. 36 But then they would flatter Him with their mouths, lying to Him with their tongues; 37 their hearts were not loyal to Him, they were not faithful to His covenant. They would forget that He knows their hearts and they would suffer for it eventually if they did not repent. The rest of the Psalm is a record of His mercy versus their rebellion time and time again as He remained faithful to His covenant.
Belief and trust are crucial in our relationship with God. Our trust is a reflection of our belief. Our lack of trust is a reflection our disbelief no matter what we are saying. Do our words reflect our belief and our trust or are our words only flattery to God the Father and His Son, Jesus, our Lord and Savior? Whether we like it or not, He knows our hearts and knows if we really believe and trust in Him.
Let us pray our actions reflect real belief and real trust in Him.