1Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
2I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:
3Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.
4We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.
Two of the most amazing words appear in Psalm 78: a parable. Now what is so amazing about that? Tucked away in the simple words of Psalm 78, written by Asaph sometime during the reigns of King David, King Solomon, or King Rehoboam, is a prophecy about the Lord Jesus Christ. Did Asaph know, when he chose the words he did that he was actually writing a prophecy about the coming Messiah? Probably not.
He begins this psalm with a simple statement, calling the people of God to listen, as He would utter dark sayings of old through the use of a parable, or story used to illustrate a truth.
34All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:
35That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world. (Matthew 13:34-35, King James Version)
Think of the significance, then, of verse 4, of Psalm 78. God had chosen the people of Israel; it was through them that the Messiah, the Savior of the world, would come. One of the identifying characteristics of Jesus being the answer to the Old Testament prophecies about His coming was that He spoke to them in parables.
Why parables? It was through these parables that Jesus taught the people some of the greatest and most profound mysteries of God. These were the children--the generation to come--who came to praise the LORD, and His strength, and His wonderful works. As God opened their eyes, they came to Jesus in simple faith.
However, the message is not just for those people who lived during the time of Jesus. God's Word proclaims to all men the message that Jesus is, indeed, the Christ, the Savior of the World. The way to God, which was opened through Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection, is available to all who respond, in simple faith, to Jesus' message.
Let us then, by the grace of God, respond to His message of salvation which Christ revealed to us by a parable. As the psalmist urges, in Psalm 78, may we give ear to God's law; may we incline our ears to the words of His mouth.
What an amazing God we serve!
God Bless You,