March 12, Reading 2 – Psalm 78:1-31

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SAA Notes

Asaph recounts the disastrous effects of party spirit within Israel. The Tribe of Ephraim (descendants of Joseph) was jealous of the Tribe of Judah, King David’s tribe. Their jealousy was a continuation of Israel’s rebellion in the desert. The call is to remember His mighty deeds in salvation and follow the Messiah of His appointing. This is a lesson for every generation. (v.1-8)

SJA Notes

“… So that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments;”

Asaph’s cure for disunity is to turn people back to the glorious deeds of the LORD, the good things He has done.

This passage is a retelling of Israel’s history, of the important events and God’s character that is clear in those events. As well, it shows the heart of God’s people (our heart too).

Asaph reminds us of the wisdom in teaching God’s word! We need to tell God’s word to our children, His deeds, His laws, for the next generation and generations to come.

“… So that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments;”

This is the crux of the passage, and a bit important truth in our lives today as God’s people.

If we do not have God’s law on our hearts then as with Israel so with us,

“… A stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not steadfast, whose spirit was not faithful to God.”

We don’t want our generations alive today to be faithless and rebellious!

Rather, we can be about the work that Asaph shows us here – To teach God’s word to our children, to the next generations.

* God Above,

Please Lord write Your word on our hearts today.

Please plant it deep within us, and grow it, that we might be good soil and bear much fruit.

Please sink us in self that we might rise in Thee.

Amen.

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