Read Psalm 78
In 1948 Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of England, gave a speech to the House of Commons, which included these famous words: "Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it." The world had just been through World War II and the evils of Nazi Germany. Fitting words for the times. History can bring a smile and history can bring tears. The quote is a reminder that we must learn from our history. We must face the mistakes and failures of the past and learn from them so we don't repeat them.
Asaph, in yesterday's psalms, looked back at the positive ways that God had shown up and did mighty works among the people. In today's psalm, he also looks back on the mighty deeds of God, but from a negative perspective- the punishment the people experienced because of their disobedience. Asaph gave the following instructions in Psalm 78:4 in regards to Israel's past: "We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders that he has done."
We give praise to God for all that He has done but we also have a responsibility to share it with others. And specifically in today's psalm, coming generations. But not just the good. The bad as well. We must remember and tell others as a way of warning that God will not be mocked, there are consequences for disobedience. Praise God, because of the death and resurrection of Jesus, we can be forgiven and no longer live under condemnation. But that doesn't mean there aren't still consequences for sin.
Today's psalm may not be an easy one to read, but it's a necessary one. We need to look back and remember the consequences for sinful behavior. Not to heap shame on ourselves but to remember that every choice has a consequence, whether good or bad. Let us learn from our history.
What are some consequences you have experienced because of sin? Take time and ask God to help you continue to choose obedience in your life.
Has history repeated itself in some negative ways? If so, remember God forgives and can bring you victory over sin because of the work of Jesus on our behalf.
Prayer for the day: "God, I know my life isn't always pleasing to you. I am so thankful you never give up on me. Help me learn from my mistakes and give me the power to overcome the sin I struggle with. In Jesus' name, amen."