Give ear, O my people, to my law; incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
2 I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old,
3 Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.
4 We will not hide them from their children, telling to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and His strength and His wonderful works that He has done.
5 For He established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which He commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children;
6 That the generation to come might know them, the children who would be born, that they may arise and declare them to their children,
7 That they may set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments;
8 And may not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that did not set its heart aright, and whose spirit was not faithful to God.
9 The children of Ephraim, being armed and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle.
10 They did not keep the covenant of God; they refused to walk in His law,
11 And forgot His works and His wonders that He had shown them.
12 Marvellous things He did in the sight of their fathers, in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.
13 He divided the sea and caused them to pass through; and He made the waters stand up like a heap.
14 In the daytime also He led them with the cloud, and all the night with a light of fire.
15 He split the rocks in the wilderness, and gave them drink in abundance like the depths.
16 He also brought streams out of the rock, and caused waters to run down like rivers.
17 But they sinned even more against Him by rebelling against the Most High in the wilderness.
18 And they tested God in their heart by asking for the food of their fancy.
19 Yes, they spoke against God: they said, “Can God prepare a table in the wilderness?
20 Behold, He struck the rock, so that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed.
Can He give bread also? Can He provide meat for His people?”
21 Therefore the Lord heard this and was furious; so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel,
22 Because they did not believe in God, and did not trust in His salvation.
23 Yet He had commanded the clouds above, and opened the doors of heaven,
24 Had rained down manna on them to eat, and given them of the bread of heaven.
25 Men ate angels’ food; He sent them food to the full.
26 He caused an east wind to blow in the heavens; and by His power He brought in the south wind.
27 He also rained meat on them like the dust, feathered fowl like the sand of the seas;
28 And He let them fall in the midst of their camp, all around their dwellings.
29 So they ate and were well filled, for He gave them their own desire.
30 They were not deprived of their craving; but while their food was still in their mouths,
31 The wrath of God came against them, and slew the stoutest of them, and struck down the choice men of Israel.
Psalm 78 to continue on Friday.
Psalms like this one recall the faithfulness of God but, sadly, the unfaithfulness of others.
We do well to pass these lessons on to the next generation ‘telling to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and His strength and His wonderful works that He has done’ verse 4. Will you do that?