3/14/2020 Saturday, Psalm 95: 7-11
If only you would listen to his voice today!
8 “Don’t harden your hearts as Israel did at Meribah,
as they did at Massah in the wilderness.
9 The Lord says, your ancestors tested and tried my patience,
even though they saw everything, I did.
10 For forty years I was angry with them, and I said,
‘They are a people whose hearts turn away from me.
They refuse to do what I tell them.’
11 So in my anger, I took an oath:
‘They will never enter my place of rest.’”
Today's Psalm could be referred to as a historical Psalm because it references a past event. The author referred to a time when the Israelites refused to listen for God’s voice and were stiff-necked and rebellious. Sometime after the people are overcome with fear to invade the promised land due to the report of the ten spies, they begin their wilderness wandering and they lash out at Moses because there is no drinking water. The author here reminds the people of Israel not to fall into this trap of complaining, becoming hard-hearted. They respond this way due to their lack of faith. They forgot that the same God who had saved them from the Egyptians would also provide for their every need. The reality is we are often as stiff-necked as they were. We can easily forget that God is with us and for us. Today, let us remember that God has been there for us in the past and he will be there for us in the future. Let us not forget this vital truth.
Recall a time when God has really shown up for you. How can you better remember this time in moment of doubt?