Psalms 78

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“He made streams pour from the rock, making the waters flow down like a river!” (Psalm 78:16 NLT).

April 6, 2019

THE SPIRITUAL ROCK THAT WAS CHRIST According to the inscription, Psalm 78 was written by the Levite priest, prophet, poet and singer, Asaph, who was appointed chief of the worship leaders by King David (1 Chron. 16:5). In Psalm 78, the Lord inspired Asaph to write an account of the “lessons of the past,” so

“We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.” (Psalm 78:4 ESV)

October 6, 2016

The Psalmist called his generation not to neglect telling the next generation of the “glorious deeds of the Lord.” Certainly, this call is in obedience to God’s Word, which commanded parents to teach their children of Him (Deut. 6:7). Yet, I am convinced that we must also tell them not only what God has done in the past, but also what He has done in our own lives in the present. Tell your children the whole of God’s Word and especially do not “hide” the part of how Jesus Christ saved a sinner like you.

“So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart, And guided them by the skillfulness of his hands” (Psalm 78:72 NKJV)

October 8, 2015

The psalmist spoke of how God chose a young shepherd boy named David to be king over Israel. What was God looking for in a leader that He would choose such a one as David? God was looking for someone with “integrity” of heart. The dictionary gives several synonyms for the word Integrity: “honest, moral, decent, righteous, undivided, good, ethical, having good character.” This was God’s criteria for a leader. And in David, God found one with both character and competency (“skillfulness”). Yet, even David was only a foreshadowing of the true King, who will one day rule all of creation with such integrity and skill that His kingdom will endure throughout the ages.

“He cared for them with a true heart and led them with skillful hands” (Psalm 78:72 NLT)

April 9, 2014

This is a description of King David, whom God took from the sheep pens to the throne room and made a shepherd over Israel. God loves taking the least and raising them up to prominence. And God cares more for the inner than the outer life. He knew David’s heart. He knew that he could be trusted with God’s people. David “cared” for God’s people. David had a “true heart,” a heart of integrity. There’s a character trait greatly needed in our presidents and pastors today! But he wasn’t just all passion and no competence. No, he had hands to match his heart, God had given him skill with people and with administration. David was the shepherd king, the greatest king Israel had known. He was the foreshadowing of the true Shepherd King, which is Christ Jesus the Lord. Christ’s heart and hands are unmatched! He is the Shepherd who willingly lay down His life for the sheep.

“He cared for them with a true heart and led them with skillful hands” (Psalm 78:72)

April 9, 2012

A description of King David’s administration. And a foreshadowing of Christ’s kingship. Also, an encouragement to all those who are called to lead God’s people. Care for them. From pure motives. Lead with skill. Be a shepherd. Like Jesus.

“He commanded our forefathers to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children” (Psalm 78:5-6)

October 6, 2011

Have you taught your children about Jesus? Do they know the way of salvation? You cannot delegate this job. Parents, teach your children and your children’s children about God.

“And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them” (Psalm 78:72)

April 9, 2011

Great leaders have both character and competence. Don’t make the mistake of promoting/electing without both. Those desiring to lead should vigilantly protect their integrity and humbly study to sharpen their leadership skills (Leaders are readers).