Psalms

Ungrateful People

Psalm 78:11

They forgot his works and the wonders that he had shown them.

When we read of all that the Lord did for the children of Israel – the signs of His power in Egypt, freeing them from slavery, parting the Red Sea, guiding them by cloud and fire – we are in awe of the incredible wonder of it all. Oh, to be witness to such displays of greatness and steadfast faithfulness. What a mighty God! How amazed and thankful would you be if you experienced all that?

Their gratitude, however, was short lived. This is what we are told… they sinned still more against him, they tested God in their heart, they did not believe in God and did not trust his saving power.

The Lord God still loved His people and He responded to their grumbling and complaining in the most humbling manor. He opened the doors of heaven and rained down on them manna to eat and gave them the grain of heaven. Surely now they would recognise the abundance of His love and trust in His promised word. In verse 32 we read, in spite of all this, they still sinned; despite his wonders they did not believe.

We may think of them as an ungrateful people but be careful not to judge. We are just as guilty today as they were all those years ago. We still grumble and complain; we still test God’s patience. It is good to take time out and reflect on the incredible gracious providence of the Lord in our lives each and every day. His mercies are new every morning.

The most amazing verse in this Psalm says, ‘Yet, being compassionate, He atoned for their iniquity’ (v38). This is true, pure love.

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