Psalm 78 steps back and reflects on God’s goodness and greatness. The stories of God’s mighty work present a big picture of life and should be told to our children, “so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments” (Psalm 78:7). Verse 13, God parted the sea so Israel could walk on dry land; verse 14, God led his people through the wilderness by cloud and fire; verses 15-16, God spilt rocks and water gushed out, quenching their thirst; verses 24-25, God rained manna for food, the bread of angels; verse 27, and quail; verses 42-53, God delivered his people from slavery in Egypt by, verse 44, turning Egypt’s river to blood, verse 45, sending swarms of flies and frogs, verse 46, destroying crops and cattle with locust, verse 47, and hail and frost, verse 51, and finally God struck down the firstborn, verse 52-53, and led the people to safety; verse 54, God established his people in a new land; verse 72, and cared for this new nation.
And still Israel thought life is a game of chance. They questioned, “Can God spread a table in the wilderness? Can he also give bread or provide meat for his people?” (Psalm 78:19-20), undecided yet if they should bet on God. Faith is lost when we see history as our story rather than God’s and we are players in his plot.
Mighty God, there is no one like You. You alone are Almighty, You alone are Sovereign. Your will be done.
It is so hard to trust, to release my illusion of control and turn my life completely over to You. The greatest commandment, the greatest life-giving act I can do is to love You with all my heart, all my soul, all my mind, all my strength. I know that You are God, that whatever You say will happen will happen. I know it. God help me trust in what I know.