to Top. implied a sarcastic lack of faith. God, but keep his commandments:". to intermarry, or worship false gods. Or the children of God and Christ, their spiritual These works are they were not constant. Our children are called theirs, for they were in care for their seed’s seed, and looked upon them as theirs; and, in teaching our children the knowledge of God, we repay to our parents some of that debt we owe to them for teaching us. that we must see a message in this for us. That they may take warning not to conform to the example of their fathers (v. 8): That they might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation. 4:11 . Many a time he turned his anger away (for he is Lord of his anger) and did not stir up all his wrath, to deal with them as they deserved: and why did he not? of Egypt, [in] the field of Zoan.". One would think this counterfeit repentance should have filled up the measure of their iniquity. See Isa. When God began thus to bless them they began to affront him (v. 17): They sinned yet more against him, more than they had done in Egypt, though there they were bad enough, Eze. Psalms Menu  Judgments and mercies have been little attended to, until the measure of their 27. men by Christ; to the dignity of Christ's person, to the fullness of his grace. preached, on whom the ends of the world are come. believers today is simple: forgetfulness of God’s deeds and law is disobedience 29. 20:13,18). where they received so many favors, and where they must have been starved or of God over and over. He plagued the Philistines who held the ark in captivity, v. 66. Observe, 1. love, through the grace and strength of Christ, and to the glory of God by him Their cowardice was the effect of their unbelief and disobedience. the Pharaoh and the Egyptians, and finally the Pharaoh let them leave. The happiness of his management. The works of God much strengthen our resolution to This is saying, open that inner ear And not The Bible is like a ______ _____ to lead us through life? 4 We will not hide them from their descendants; the stage of life, should receive the trust, and send it onward to future ages. protection, from the hand of the Lord. "And his strength": In Christ, the man of his right hand, made strong for What does Revelation 22:1 tell us about where the river comes from? should not be of this world. (2.) God preferred him to feed Jacob his people, v. 71. By desiring, or rather demanding, that which he had not thought fit to give them: They asked meat for their lust. How shall I deliver thee, Israel? sea dry [land], and the waters were divided." Verse 7 Exodus 17:6 "Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and Verses 1-8 These verses, which contain the preface to this history, show that the psalm answers the title; it is indeed Maschil—a psalm to give instruction; if we receive not the instruction it gives, it is our own fault. [2.] In these verses,I. That which aggravated their unbelief was the experience they had had of the power and goodness of God, v. 23-25. This is a psalm of instruction covering Israel’s history from Egypt and the Exodus to the time of David. melted by the mercies of the Lord, nor broken by his judgments. And who is the best and safest 7:12 . God forgave them over The Holy 22. Tanis, and so it is called here in the Septuagint and Vulgate Latin versions. 9.      wrought. Even true believers recollect, that for many a A maskil # Title: Probably a literary or musical term of Asaph. One of the worst things they did, 6:5 ), to remain in perpetuam rei memoriam—as a perpetual memorial. of manna, the Israelites complained against God and Moses. He gave them his testimonies, but they did not keep them; they began very promisingly, but they turned back, gave God good words, but dealt unfaithfully, and were like a deceitful bow, which seemed likely to send the arrow to the mark, but, when it is drawn, breaks, and drops the arrow at the archer’s foot, or perhaps makes it recoil in his face. all their darkness in this world. ordained before the world for our glory, and is put and placed in the hands and What would God have to do, for guide to follow. On the integrity of his heart and the skilfulness of his hands all his subjects may entirely rely, and of the increase of his government and people there shall be no end. 7:10 . With good reason does the psalmist make this the finishing crowning instance of God’s favour to Israel, for David was a type of Christ the great and good Shepherd, who was humbled first and then exalted, and of whom it was foretold that he should be filled with the spirit of wisdom and understanding and should judge and reprove with equity, Isa. They were stubborn and rebellious. miracles of Christ recorded by the evangelists, but the works of grace, Psalm 78 by Asaph is an example of the maskil being used for teaching, as it includes information on the Israelites’ deliverance from Egypt and their time in the desert (Psalm 78:35, 40). ", Psalm 78:17 "And they sinned yet more against him by provoking the most High in and many of them died. And the reason why we live with so Because, though they did not rightly remember that he was their rock, he remembered that they were but flesh. Their disbelief of God’s power was so much the worse in that they did at the same time own that he had done as much as that came to (v. 20): Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, which they and their cattle drank of. Verses 9-39 In these verses,I. Now we are blessed to have Bibles, but we parables that Jesus told, had to be explained to Jesus' disciples. Those cannot be said to trust in God’s salvation as their felicity at last who cannot find in their hearts to trust in his providence for food convenient in the way to it. And yet he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity thus far, that he did not destroy them and cut them off from being a people, as he justly might have done, but spared their lives till they had reared another generation which should enter into the promised land. They are things of undoubted certainty; we have heard them and known them, and there is no room left to question the truth of them. He established a testimony in _______. 33.  God delivered them out of Egypt with his mighty Hand. The Philistines are sworn enemies to the Israel of God, and no less so to the God of Israel, and yet God will make use of them to be a scourge to his people. negligence and wickedness, become murderers of their children. victorious and have eternal life at the end of this life to look forward to. He led them on safely, though in dangerous paths, so that they feared not, that is, they needed not to fear; they were indeed frightened at the Red Sea (Ex. when God wanted to be their only King. at the well, if she drank of the water He gave her, she would never thirst 13:35 ), which were (as this) representations of the state of the kingdom of God among men. This Psalm is to instruct all people who believe in God on how to please God. Jacob is Israel. At least at such a rate, and in Note, Sooner or later God will glorify himself by putting disgrace upon his enemies, even when they are most elevated with their successes.2. and did not destroy them; he restrained his … And the wonderful decrees of God he made in eternity concerning these When some were slain others in a fright cried to God for mercy, and promised they would reform and be very good; then they returned to God, and enquired early after him. Secondly, What was a charge to the children: That they be not as their fathers. In the church, which He was not only very sincere in what he designed, but very prudent in what he did, and chose out the most proper means in pursuit of his end, for his God did instruct him to discretion. them the principles of the Christian religion, and the truths of the Gospel And that rock was Christ. They challenged him to give them flesh; and, if he did not, they would say it was because he could not, not because he did not see it fit for them (v. 19): They spoke against God. 13:22). Though the winds seem to blow where they list, yet, when he pleased, he could make them his caterers to fetch in provisions, v. 26. but also judged them (Num. 11:5 ), dishes of meat and salvers of fruit. For an infallible interpretation of history, there In Israel's history, we have a picture of our own hearts "Who should arise and declare them to their children": Who, as they appeared on Moses (Deut. 1. But the sea overwhelmed their enemies that ventured to pursue them into it, v. 63. As sin sometimes takes occasion by the commandment, so at other times it takes occasion by the deliverance, to become more exceedingly sinful. This psalm is historical; it is a narrative of the great mercies God had bestowed upon Israel, the great sins wherewith they had provoked him, and the many tokens of his displeasure they had been under for their sins. The period of wilderness wandering is the focus. Observe,I. email us at: 4 We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. They thawed in the sun, but froze in the shade. The gospel of Luke is called a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us (Lu. 9:6). Speak freely, boldly, and without reserve, ( Ephesians 6:19 ) , so Christ opened his mouth, ( Matthew 5:2 ) , in a parable; not that what follows in this psalm was such, but what were delivered by our Lord in the days of his flesh, who spake many parables; as of the sower, and of tares, and of the grain of mustard seed, and many others, and without a parable he spake not, and so … 23. But he did not wholly take away the glory from Israel; the moving of the ark is not the removing of it. They may soon be taken off, but, when they are gone, they are gone irrecoverably, and then what will become of the covenant with Abraham? Destroy it not, for a blessing is in it, Isa. The lessons of history are not for us to live. from the sea, and let [them] fall by the camp, as it were a day's journey on What I’d like for us to focus on in the sermon this morning is the sovereignty of God’s Word, as found in the first eight verses. down like rivers.". 76:2 . done, and that they should then send them forward to those who were to succeed Psalm 78:8 "And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious Yet this was not the worst: (3.) And easily discerned correctly. Why He put them to reproach, and they themselves helped to make it a perpetual reproach by the golden images of their emerods, which they returned with the ark for a trespass-offering (1 Sa. 8:20). grace, which are peculiarly to be ascribed unto him as the works his hands have The psalmist pleads for the people to “hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth” (verse 1). How graciously God had spared them and returned in mercy to them, notwithstanding their provocations. 30. 31. He made them pay dearly for their quails; for, though he gave them their own desire, they were not estranged from their lust (v. 29, v. 30); their appetite was insatiable; they were well filled and yet they were not satisfied; for they knew not what they would have. 63:13 , where God is said to lead them by the hand, as it were, through the deep that they should not stumble. That people in future times might enjoy the benefit of them as their fathers had and lives. of God were given to this people that God had chosen for His own. him. What he did for them in the land of Egypt is only just mentioned here (v. 12), but afterwards resumed, v. 43. The psalmist Or the psalmist, being a prophet, speaks as God’s mouth, and so calls them his people, and demands subjection to what was said as to a law. And which is easier, to furnish a table in the wilderness, which a rich man can do, or to fetch water out of a rock, which the greatest potentate on the earth cannot do? What was one of the worst things these Israelites did to provoke God? Those that make the holy God their enemy must never expect the holy angels to be their friends. The answer was “yes,”, but the question Even the God says that the people that love and obey him are righteous. Every good truth, received in the light and love of it, will have the power of a law upon the conscience; yet that was not all: David was a king, and he would interpose his royal power for the edification of his people. The Bible is like a ______ _____ to lead us through life? III. on the Instruction of Children (78:1-11). Salem Media Group. Will you run, when the trials They are to be transmitted to posterity, and it lies as a charge upon us carefully to hand them down (v. 4); because our fathers told them to us we will not hide them from their children. Here,I. They seemed sometimes devoted to God, but they presently turned aside, and provoked him to anger with their high places and their graven images. "And his wonders that he had showed them": The wonderful works in Egypt, at the 11:1 . After they had humbled themselves before him they turned back and tempted God, as before, and limited the Holy One of Israel, prescribing to him what proofs he should give of his power and presence with them and what methods he should take in leading them and providing for them. The Son of David was upbraided with the obscurity of his original: Is not this the carpenter? Let these be told to our children and our children’s children, [1.] 32:13 . obstinacy and contempt of God’s laws. See Num. 57:17 ); they believed not for his wondrous works. 50:11 . The Bible is like a road map to lead us through life 2:9 ) the effect. especially focuses on the history of the Exodus. In the Hebrew Bible, unlike Christian Bibles, a psalm’s superscription is not placed as a preface to it. They do always err in their heart, Heb. 3:15). As to no other people in the world, God had given His law and His covenant to And I said, “This is my anguish; But I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High.” I will remember the works of the LORD; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old. the true Israel of God. 3:2 . But the Gospel seems to be here meant (see notes on Psalm 78:1). The end of those who make a god of their belly is destruction, Phil. the Scriptures, the writings of the Old Testament, which testify of Christ, his rebellious spirit in spite of God’s grace. The honour we owe to our parents and ancestors obliges us to attend to that which our fathers have told us, and, as far as it appears to be true and good, to receive it with so much the more reverence and regard. Kirjath-jearim, the place to which the ark was brought after its rescue out of the hands of the Philistines, was in the tribe of Judah. It is a song that contains lessons from days of old, which are designed to help us to learn from the past, to encourage us to make the right choices in the present - and to live as God has ordained that … 78:37). Without following the teachings in the Bible, we will be a failure Idolatry is winked at among the Gentiles, but not in Israel, 1. An instructive Psalm of Asaph. 21. must teach our children how to study and get the most out of these teachings. of my mouth.". For him, the apparent gap between what he believed and what he felt was painful. The judgments God brought upon them for these sins. How he expressed his resentment of the provocation, not in denying them what they so inordinately lusted after, but in granting it to them. Very honestly; he did it according to the integrity of his heart, aiming at nothing but the glory of God and the good of the people committed to his charge; the principles of his religion were the maxims of his government, which he administered, not with carnal policy, but with godly sincerity, by the grace of God. persons, though they are bound to submit in all things lawful, must not obey But all this would not serve; they must have meat for their lust, dainties and varieties to gratify a luxurious appetite. 27:22 . of sinners by his mighty grace, and in the preservation of them by his power. pillar, and went before them, and gave light in the night. And could have died without immediate provision, support, and Such a mighty thing did these epicures think a table well furnished to be that they thought it was more than God himself could give them in that wilderness; whereas the beasts of the forest, and all the fowls of the mountains, are his, Ps. What did the children of Ephraim do, in verse 9, that disappointed God? The And it becomes Christian parents to bring up Note, Our forgetfulness of God’s works is at the bottom of our disobedience to his laws.II. And so all other truths of the Gospel, which are to the praise of Father, Son, Finally, He Or, this is the means by which we have known them. Natural man cannot understand what it is saying. by the Light. 19:11). ", Psalm 78:14 "'In the daytime also he led them with a cloud, and all the night The works of God, duly considered, will very much strengthen our resolution both to set our hope in him and to keep his commandments, for he is able to bear us out in both. We must remember that there were nearly 3 million people drinking this water The causes of their cowardice, which were no less shameful; and these were, (1.) Verses 1-8: These are called dark and deep sayings, because they are carefully Why were Jacob and Israel mentioned separately in verse 5? Lecture on the Graciousness of God (78:12-72). He made them go forth like sheep, not knowing whither they went, and guided them in the wilderness, as a shepherd guides his flock, with all possible care and tenderness, v. 52. If the children learn well the theological interpretation of their nation’s had sinned before, and it might have been hoped that the goodness of God to them 12. great abundance, and that from a rock in a wilderness. Which bears witness to the love and grace of God in the salvation of Psalm 78:65 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Psalm 78:65, NIV: "Then the Lord awoke as from sleep, as a warrior wakes from the stupor of wine." Psalm 78:13 "He divided the sea, and caused them to pass through; and he made Rehearsal of Israel’s History (78:12-39); Reiteration It was as if they were saying, what have you done for me today? 4:19 , etc.V. In verse 2, he says he will speak in a ____________. "But keep his commandments": The commandments of Christ, and which are peculiar And the reason why we spend our days in so much vanity and trouble, why we live with so little comfort and to so little purpose, is because we do not live by faith.6. their hearts against his word. A. Did they question his power? Those that indulge their lust, will What was one of the worst things these Israelites did to provoke God? still, must expect to be in trouble still. 16:18 . forth like fire. In fact, the gospel of Matthew later quotes this very verse from Psalm 78 as pointing towards Jesus’ teaching ministry (Matt 13:34). Like many of the Psalms, chapter 78 is an important chronicle from Israel's past history, but it is a parable that encourages us to learn from bygone times, so that we are not doomed to repeat the same mistakes again. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. of Historical Lessons (78:40-72). Who asked, can God furnish a table in the wilderness? rather than water might have been expected. (see John 14:15). redemption, and salvation. (2.) How he furnished their camp with fresh water in a dry and thirsty land where no water was, not by opening the bottles of heaven (that would have been a common way), but by broaching a rock (v. 15, v. 16): He clave the rocks in the wilderness, which yielded water, though they were not capable of receiving it either from the clouds above or the springs beneath. Some make these the psalmist’s words. 10:16 ) and concerned for his own honour, fearing the wrath of the enemy, lest they should behave themselves strangely, Deu. that water should flow from a flinty rock upon striking it, from whence fire (Deut. Under these rebukes they professed repentance, but they were not sincere, for Rehearsal of Israel’s History (78:12-39); B. Out of the dry and hard rock he gave them drink, not distilled as out of an alembic, drop by drop, but in streams running down like rivers, and as out of the great depths. shepherd ~ a sheep farmer. His extraction indeed was great, for he descended from the prince of the tribe of Judah, but his education was poor. city of Egypt (Num. Even their priests, who attended the ark, fell by the sword, Hophni and Phinehas. 3:19 . God … Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 78:23-29" What an unreasonable insatiable thing is luxury! Verses 40-72 The matter and scope of this paragraph are the same with the former, showing what great mercies God had bestowed upon Israel, how provoking they had been, what judgments he had brought upon them for their sins, and yet how, in judgment, he remembered mercy at last. The psalms for the coming weeks are listed in your bulletin. unbelief and faithlessness, God punished His people (verses 59-64). 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