Scripture 

Psalm 78:7-8, 38 – so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, and that they should not be like their fathers a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not steadfast, whose spirit was not faithful to God.  Yet he, being compassionate, atoned for their iniquity and did not destroy them; he restrained his anger often and did not stir up all his wrath.

Observation

Asaph is writing this psalm for the benefit of the next generation in the future. He tells the people of Israel, God’s people, that they can’t forsake God.  The people have to be steadfast in their faith to God.  This must be taught, modeled to our children so they have hearts set on God.  Verse 38shows how much God cares for His people, how he atoned for their sin and was slow to anger.

 

Application

My heart and faith has to unwaveringly belong to the Lord.  I need to share/model my hope in the Lord and seek his Kingdom first to teach my children and other young people.  As evil forces have tried to take God out of public school and other public arenas in America this is now more urgent than ever before. There is spiritual warfare ongoing and I must be steadfast for the Lord.   I can’t forget what God has done for me and from what I was forgiven.  Good News, God loves us so much that he sent Jesus to atone for everyone’s sin who will believe in Jesus and claim His name.  We are adopted sons and daughters of the King!

Prayer

Father,

Thank you for your love for me, your patience and your grace in sending Jesus so we can repent, be reconciled and have a relationship with you.  Let the power of the Holy Spirit give me boldness to be steadfast in my faith to you and teach that to my children and the next generation!