God is Tested and Provoked

Psalm 78:56-72

A philosopher has said that the one thing we learn from history is that we don't learn anything from history. Instead, we keep repeating our mistakes.

Considering the story of Israel summarized in Psalm 78, it does seem that our sin takes us through the same cycles:

God provides, but we fail to trust.

God judges, and we turn back to Him.

God forgives, but we rebel once again.

We can probably see this pattern in our own lives, just as we see it in the national life of Israel.

This Psalm ends with good news, though. Despite Israel's rebellion, God chose for them a godly king, David, to be their shepherd (v. 72). We know that through David's lineage the ultimate Shepherd and King has come to lead and redeem God's people.

Praise the Lord that God is not bound by the chains of human history! Jesus is able to redeem the failures of our past and transform our future.

Today, don't put God to the test through continued disobedience and faithlessness. Make a decision to obey and trust Him with the details of your life. He longs to shepherd and guide you!

Have a great day and keep moving forward!