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)
Asaph’s cure for disunity is to turn people back to the glorious deeds of the LORD, His might, the wonders He has done (v4).
This portion of the psalm is a retelling of Israel’s history, of important events and God’s character on display in those events, and too the heart of the people.
See the wisdom of teaching God’s word! V5-8, we need to tell God’s word to our children, His laws and commandments, for the next generation and generations to come, “… So that they should their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments;”
This is the crux of the psalm, and a big important truth in our lives as God’s people.
If we do not have God’s law on our hearts, taught to us by previous generations, then v8 becomes a reality – “… 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 to be faithless and rebellious!
So let’s be encouraged to continue to teach God’s word to our children, in our own families if we have them, but also to our church families through any opportunity the Lord brings along.