This is only one verse of the 72 verses of Psalm 78. The phrase, “In spite of all of this…” will lead you to read the rest of the Psalm so you can learn what “all of this” entails.” I discovered this morning that there is a whole lot packed into “all of this,” for the Israelites. The little phrase describes God’s deliverance of the Hebrew slaves from Egypt, His provision of the most basic needs of life, food and water, for the 40 year journey through the wilderness, discipline and judgment when they rebelled against God, and finally, the provision of a king who shepherded them with “integrity of heart.” With all that God had done, “In spite of all of this, they kept sinning; in spite of his wonders, they did not believe.”
It is so easy for me, after having read this Psalm this morning, to think to myself, “How could they have done such a thing? How could they have been so ungrateful?” Not long after those self-righteous words surfaced in my mind this morning, God began to play “clips” of my own life for me to see. They were not murky, hazy, images of days gone by either. They are vivid, in living color, current as the morning news. My critique of the Israelites weak faith turned into an examination of my own life. “How could I do such a thing? How could I be so ungrateful?”
As I look back over my life the list of the wonders of God showered upon me is long. I could fill volume after volume with the many acts of His kindness and mercy, exhibited consistently throughout my life. I see now that before I ever acknowledged His existence God’s love was on full display, if I only would have had eyes to see. I see now that after I sat and asked Jesus to be the Lord and Savior of my life, I have often, far too often, strayed from doing what He would have me to do, but His love has never strayed. Sometimes His love has been displayed in delivering me from what I deserved. At other times His love was displayed through discipline, reminding me that sin leads to destruction. “In spite of all of this…” I have kept sinning. When I read Psalm 78:32 with me as the object instead of the Israelites it pierces my heart. I do not want it to be said of me that in spite of all that God has done for me I did not believe. I want to keep in the forefront of my mind the many wonders God has done for me. It is much easier for me to seek to follow Him when my eyes and heart are fixed on Him rather than what I want.
My prayer today, Lord, is that You would remind me throughout today of the many wonders You have done for me so that I might believe and not rebel against Your plan for me today.