Psalms 78-83 (The Daily Walk Bible).
Psalm 78:2 “I will teach you hidden lessons from our past…”
I still remember a cross country vacation that I took 13 years ago. Our son began to ask my wife and I some very uncomfortable questions about our past. We answered completely honestly, because we wanted to help him understand both the good and bad decisions that we had made.
Here Asaph reminds the nation of their past, and he doesn’t skip over the bad spots. He is brutal, and details all the ways that they had failed God, even while reminding them of God’s providential care over them in spite of their failures!
I sometimes wonder if we talk enough to our children and grandchildren about our own walks with God, and I worry that even if we do we don’t talk about our own mistakes. My wife once asked one of her Christian relatives if there were any lessons she could teach us (negative or positive) from her walk with God. She ended up bursting into tears and claiming that she had always done what God wanted!
Perhaps one of the most underrated aspects of Scripture is how it is willing to throw its own heroes under the bus! And it’s all done for us to learn how to be better in our own lives. Shouldn’t we endeavor to use the same methodology with our families regarding our own history with God? Or are we so insecure that we can’t stand a little self criticism?
1 Corinthians 10:9-11 “We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents, nor grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer. Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come.”
Messianic passages in the Psalms:
Psalm 78:2 is quoted in Matthew 13:35.
Psalms 78:24 is quoted in John 6:31.