40How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert!
41Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.
42They remembered not his hand, nor the day when he delivered them from the enemy.
43How he had wrought his signs in Egypt, and his wonders in the field of Zoan.
44And had turned their rivers into blood; and their floods, that they could not drink.
45He sent divers sorts of flies among them, which devoured them; and frogs, which destroyed them.
46He gave also their increase unto the caterpiller, and their labour unto the locust.
47He destroyed their vines with hail, and their sycomore trees with frost.
48He gave up their cattle also to the hail, and their flocks to hot thunderbolts.
49He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels among them.
50He made a way to his anger; he spared not their soul from death, but gave their life over to the pestilence;
51And smote all the firstborn in Egypt; the chief of their strength in the tabernacles of Ham:
52But made his own people to go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.
53And he led them on safely, so that they feared not: but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.
54And he brought them to the border of his sanctuary, even to this mountain, which his right hand had purchased.
55He cast out the heathen also before them, and divided them an inheritance by line, and made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents.
It is interesting to note that we are looking at these verses from Psalm 78 on Valentine's Day. Could there be a more appropriate passage to demonstrate the love of God toward His people? We would not even know the meaning of love if it were not for God.
As Asaph wrote these verses, note that the word, "He" (referring to God) is found in most of them. What a contrast we see comparing what God did to His enemies and what He did for His children.
To the enemies of God:
He turned (rivers into blood).
He sent (divers sorts of flies).
He gave increase (unto the caterpillar).
He destroyed (vines with hail).
He gave up (cattle to hail and flocks to thunderbolts.)
He cast upon them (evil angels).
He made (a way to His anger).
He spared not (their soul from death.)
[He] smote (all the firstborn).
To His own children:
He delivered (them from their enemies).
He led (them to safety).
He brought (them to the border of His sanctuary).
He cast out (the heathen before them).
He divided (them an inheritance).
Can we read these verses and doubt that God is not living and acting on behalf of His children every single day? Can we read these verses and assume that God does not really care about what man does on this earth? Can we read these verses and not understand that God plays an active role in the nations of this world? Can we read these verses and not see that God will judge the nations that rise up against Him, and will bring His children safely home?
It is easy for us to become so involved in the daily affairs of life that we literally cannot see the forest for the trees. Let us never forget that a spiritual world coexists right along with the world we see, and God and His angels do love, guide, and protect the children of God.
What an amazing God we serve!
God Bless You,