Today we studied Psalms 78-82.
Psalm 78 is a sobering reminder that despite the miracles God performs in the lives of His children and the mercy He shows through His steadfast love, we still neglect to trust Him in all things. This chapter recalled how the children of Israel turned aside, worshiping false idols and trusting in human devices—even after the Lord had provided for all of their needs, even making water burst forth out of rocks and food fall from the sky! While this may seem ridiculous to us, we do the very same things. God protects and provides for us each day, yet we turn our backs on Him by putting our faith in created things. We need to focus on His goodness and remember that all we have comes from Him.
In Psalm 79 we read of Asaph crying out to God for judgement on the nations that deny Him. Even though things are bad, Asaph still chooses to continuously praise the Lord. We too should praise and worship during times of distress. No matter the circumstances we are in, we can take comfort in knowing that God is in control and that He is working ALL things together for our good (Romans 8:28).
In Psalm 80 we read Asaph asking the same things again and again, and are reminded that we too should be faithful in our prayers to the Lord. By continuing to pray for the same things, we are steadfast in our faith that He will act in His timing, trusting that God will move on behalf of His people.
Psalm 81 reminds us that the Lord will provide, we need only ask. Verse 10 says; “Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.” This reminds me of Matthew chapter 7, verses 6 and 7; “7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” We are told again and again throughout scripture that the Lord will work on behalf of His children when they ask. He hears the prayers of His people and responds in love and mercy. Although we may not always get what we want, we will always get what we NEED.
Psalm 82 is another chapter where we see the author pray for judgement against the wicked. Asaph asks the Lord to “rescue the weak and needy” (verse 4). When we look at our nation today, we see that this judgement should fall upon America in its present state. While this is a scary thing to think about, we can take comfort in knowing that with persecution comes revival, and the church is in desperate need of revival today.