March 26 – Devotion

Date: March 26

Scripture: Psalm 78:38-39

Yet he, being compassionate,
atoned for their iniquityand did not destroy them;
he restrained his anger often
and did not stir up all his wrath.He remembered that they were but flesh,
a wind that passes and comes not again. (Ps. 78:38-39)

The psalmist calls us in Psalm 78 to remember the story of God’s faithfulness and pass it on to the generations to come. It’s a call to obey His commands and to tell of His wonders. The story of God’s faithfulness is placed in contrast to the faithlessness of His chosen people. The story is not whitewashed. The good, the bad, and the ugly are all laid out before us and serve as a reminder that we are all in need of a Savior.

The psalm mentions a number of examples of Israel’s faithlessness. The valiant warrior Ephraimites, the dominant group in the Northern Kingdom, rejected God’s ways and were faithless despite their fathers having seen God’s mighty hand rescue them from Egypt’s enslavement, part the Red Sea, lead them day and night, and feed them with manna from heaven. They repeatedly forgot God’s commands and turned their backs on Him.

It is important to remember that the Children of Israel were not chosen because of their exemplary character. They did not do anything to merit God’s favor. It was for God’s sovereign purposes alone that he chose Israel to be the womb of revelation from which, in the fullness of time, the Messiah would come. It was this very weak and wandering group that God had compassion on and mercifully atoned for their sins. As the psalmist said, “He remembered they were but flesh” (v. 39).

In this season of Lent, it is important that we remember that we are but flesh and, just as the Israelites, are “prone to wander” (Robert Robinson, “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” 1758) from the God we love. This is a time of repentance where we return to hope in God and we remember His commandments.

Take a moment and reflect on the faithfulness of God in your life. Remember the times you brought pain into your life when you forgot his commands. Be confident of this: God is compassionate and knows you are flesh. This is why he sent his Son, Jesus, for your salvation.

Prayer for the Journey: Heavenly Father, You are good and kind, you are mighty and strong, there is no power greater than You. You are. There is no one above You, for you created all, even me. You ordered the universe, and You walk with me and know my heart. The expanse of your love is incomprehensible to me. Help me to see, hear, and understand what I can and to share it with others. Forgive me where I have failed You. Enable me to grant grace to those around me as they seek to find their way. Help me not to be deceived but to seek Your truth and allow Your truth to shine in and through me today. Light my way, Lord, and carry me through for Your glory, not my own. Thank you for your provision, compassion, and love— limitless, unending, eternal. Pour out upon me, Lord, and spill over. May Your will be done, and not my own. In the precious name of Jesus, Your Son, my Lord. Amen.

Prepared by: Mark and Robin Simpson

2 Responses to “March 26 – Devotion”

  1. Mandy Starnes says:

    This is such an amazing encouragement.

  2. Debbie Keen says:

    Great teamwork, Mark and Robin! Inspiring and encouraging! Thank you!

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