Psalms 78–80: Trust, Obedience & the Heart

Read the Bible in 2011 ◊ Week 27: Wednesday

We will not conceal them from their children,
But tell to the generation to come
the praises of the LORD,
And His strength and His wondrous works
that He has done.

Psalm 78:4

Wednesday’s Bible reading is Psalms 78–80. These are three more of the twelve psalms of Asaph, Psalm 50, and Psalms 73–83.

Psalm 78 is a short history lesson of the nation of Israel through the days of David, the shepherd who became king—the great acts of God to be told to the next generation.

For He established a testimony in Jacob
And appointed a law in Israel,
Which He commanded our fathers
That they should teach them to their children,
That the generation to come might know,
even the children yet to be born,
That they may arise and tell them to their children,
That they should put their confidence in God
And not forget the works of God,
But keep His commandments,
And not be like their fathers,
A stubborn and rebellious generation,
A generation that did not prepare its heart
And whose spirit was not faithful to God.”
Psalm 78:5–8

What is the purpose of recounting God’s strength and wondrous works? So that their children will trust God, obey Him and watch their hearts. Teaching confidence in God and remembrance of His works, fosters trust and obedience. Obedience means not being stubborn or rebellious—marks of those who don’t prepare their heart and whose spirit is unfaithful.

This psalm presents trust, obedience and the heart as intertwined, and its imperative as parents that we remember this as we teach our children about God. We must first remember this for ourselves. We must know that trust, obedience and the heart are intertwined for us—or else we will be surface legalists teaching a surface legalism that can easily be discarded in later years because an unprepared heart and an unfaithful spirit at some point break out in stubbornness and rebellion.

We must read the history of Israel for the same purposes that we would teach it to our children. We can also share with our children the past history of our own lives, and walk with them and encourage them to trust God, obey Him and watch their hearts in the history of their own lives.

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Original content: Copyright ©2011 Iwana Carpenter

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