Psalm 78: 41.
“Yes, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.”
When Jesus visited His hometown, (Mark 6), the people were astonished by His power, the Wisdom of His speech, His healings, comfort, grace, and love that are the constant of His presence.
Jesus, Himself, marveled, that He could do no mighty works, He was only able to heal a few sick.
Why? Simply because of unbelief.
Like the Hebrews during and after the Exodus. They had heard of and witnessed, the mighty miracles that delivered them from captivity, yet they questioned His will, ways and Power.
They were fed Angel food from heaven but wanted meat. The Lord honored their request, but some died and He sent leanness to the souls of others.
“But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yes, many a time he turned his anger away and did not stir up all his wrath. For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again. How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert! Yes, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.”
I believe that we suffer the same unbelief in our churches today. We have heard of His mighty work but cannot seem to believe they are for us, today.
I believe we provoke the Lord today. He refuses our church worship as being all lip service and little heart. All formality and rituals, prayers and empty praise.
When He recognized this in His people in the desert, He rejected the Tabernacle of Shiloh, Joseph and Ephraim.
Psalm 78: 68.
“But chose the tribe of Judah, the mount Zion which he loved.”
The Lord chose the tribe of Judah, to lead them in Worship. And Praise. Judah means Praise. Do our churches honestly know how to Praise?
Many old hymns are full of meaning and tell of the old Saints struggles and victories. They are wonderful testimony, we love to sing them, but they are not, Praise.
We need to turn our Worship to the Promises of God, the Promises in the Psalms, and other books of the Bible. Sing His Words and Promises back to Him.
When the Lord was ready to destroy the people and start again with Moses, Moses reminded the Lord of His Word, of His Promises.
It will help us to believe and receive as we sing, memorize and meditate on His Word. It is His Word He watches over to perform, not ours.
Stop turning back to our old ways, we limit the Holy One. Learn to sing and pray His Word. Then we will begin to believe, like Abram, the impossible, and become the Righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:11)
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