9The children of Ephraim, being armed, and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle.
10They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law;
11And forgat his works, and his wonders that he had shewed them.
They Forgot God
The writer of Psalm 78 begins a rather lengthy section in which he recounts an historical summary of the nation of Israel. Again and again God showed Himself to be faithful among His people, and yet they continued to forget His wondrous works, and continually fell away from Him.
It was a sad day when Saul and Jonathan led the armies of Israel into battle against the Philistines, only to suffer an agonizing defeat which resulted in the deaths of Saul and Jonathan as well as the capture of the Ark of the Covenant. How could such a great nation have fallen so quickly? Where was God in all of this?
Unfortunately, we, as Christians, have the same tendency to forget God. When the difficult times come, we are more prone to seek the help of anyone except God. Though we can recount time after time when God has faithfully seen us through untold trials, we will look to ourselves to persevere through our difficulties rather than fall on our faces before God and humbly apply to Him for help.
Yet, it is the weak and foolish of this earth who are more willing to look to God rather than themselves. Those who have been given great abilities or great wealth tend to look to their abilities or their wealth to solve the problems they encounter.
God is often treated as some mythical entity that only the unlearned look to for help. How sad! Imagine how greatly those same abilities or wealth could be used to advance the kingdom of God if they were dedicated to God. Understanding that even our abilities are nothing compared to the greatness and power of Almighty God, those same abilities could be multiplied over and over when cast before our God and Father.
So, when we read verses such as those shown above from Psalm 78, and hear how they forgot God, let us fall before our Lord and Savior and ask that He help us to remember Him, not only in our times of weakness, but also in our times of great success. May we cast everything at the feet of Jesus, and seek to love and serve Him with the abilities that He has given to us, all the days of our lives.
May it not be said of us,
They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law; And forgat his works, and his wonders that he had shewed them.
They forgot God! Help us, Oh God to never forget you, but to remember your great and wondrous mercies, beginning with your great salvation.
God Bless You,