Today’s Scripture Reading: Psalm 105 through Psalm 106
Are you easily impressed?
Do you believe everything you’re told?
If you’re like me, my first thought when someone makes great claims and promises is– “I’ll believe it when I see it.”
We have done wrong! We have acted wickedly!
Our ancestors in Egypt
were not impressed by the Lord’s miraculous deeds.
They soon forgot his many acts of kindness to them.
Instead, they rebelled against him at the Red Sea.
Even so, he saved them—
to defend the honor of his name
and to demonstrate his mighty power.
In today’s reading it seemed as if the psalmist was giving us a summary of all the miracles God performed from the time of Abraham until He brought the Israelites out of Egypt so that we could fully understand how ridiculous it was that “our ancestors were not impressed.”
Every time I read the details of Israel’s rebellion and downright disrespect I have one emotion that has a split personality:
- Disgust—how could they be that stupid?
- Disgust—how could I be that stupid?
How could “we,” every person since Abraham doubt the covenant God made with His people?
None of us (even the Israelites) would dare say out loud, “We’re not impressed with the God of the Universe!” But don’t we say it all the time by our wickedness, ungratefulness, forgetfulness and rebellion?
Let’s just say, “If it were up to us, if we had to be perfect, we would be doomed,” but two words save us—
Even so (Ps. 106:8)
Even so, he saved them— to defend the honor of his name and to demonstrate his mighty power.
Back in Genesis 15, God made a covenant with Abram: I have given this land to your descendants, all the way from the border of Egypt to the great Euphrates… Genesis 15:18
That covenant kept God from disowning the Israelites in the desert and it keeps Him from disowning you and I everyday!
Heavenly Father, I am So Impressed! You are an Amazing God!
© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Psalm 107, Psalms 111-114