Psalm 78 is an account of the children of Israel’s history. It recounts how they left Egypt and went through the wilderness regions. In the midst of the Psalm, verses 34-37, it mentions how the people responded, “When He slew them, then they sought Him; And they returned and sought earnestly for God. Then they remembered that God was their rock, And the Most High God their Redeemer. Nevertheless they flattered Him with their mouth, And they lied to Him with their tongue; For their heart was not steadfast with Him, Nor were they faithful in His covenant.”
These verses typify how many people relate to God. When there is a need, they call out to Him, spend time praying, try to connect with Him for His help. Yet when the need has gone, then they no longer seek Him. The desire to walk with God was a selfish driven desire. They only wanted to get something from God and therefore they were lying about the true intention of the heart. They seemed to be interested in God and His ways, but it was only to get themselves out of the trouble that they were struggling through.
The challenge and question that we need to face is, “Where is my heart?” Do I walk with God only because I am trying to get material blessing from Him? Is there a long term relationship with Him, or just a desire to get? What would my response be if God never provided material things for my life?
Lord Jesus, Psalms 73:26 says that, “My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” May I always find my full portion in You.
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