August 19, 2021

With upright heart he shepherded them and guided them with his skillful hand. (Psalm 78:72)

As I completed my study in (Psalm 78) this morning, I am grateful that it finished with (v. 72) as I found comfort in its’ Words, which stated, “With upright heart he shepherded them and guided them with his skillful hand.” I recall it once said, “That one thing we learn from history is that we don’t learn anything from history.” Instead, we keep repeating our mistakes. As we consider the history of Israel (and our own lives), it does seem that sin takes us through the same cycles: God provides, but we fail to trust Him. God judges, and we turn back to Him. God forgives, but we rebel once again.

Psalm 78 ends with good news, though. Despite Israel’s rebellion, God chose a godly king, David, to be their shepherd. We know that through David’s lineage, the ultimate Shepherd and King has come to lead and redeem His people. Praise the Lord that the chains of human history do not bind God! Jesus can redeem the failures of our past and transform our future.

Friends, may we not put God to the test anymore through continued disobedience and faithlessness. May we make the decision today to obey and trust Jesus with all the details of our lives. After all, Jesus longs to Shepherd us and guide us. Would you join me in this prayer from The Valley of Vision?

Father, may I seek first Your Kingdom and its’ righteousness? May I value the things concerning eternity? May my spiritual welfare be my chief concern? May I be poor, afflicted, despised, and have Thy blessings, rather than be successful or have more than my heart can wish, or be admired by my fellowmen if these things make me forget You? May I regard the world as dreams, lies, vanities, and desire to depart from it? Father, may I seek my happiness in Your favor, image, presence, and service? For I ask these things in the Precious Name of Jesus, Amen.

God Bless and have a Blessed Day, Friends <><

 

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