David could praise God when he was alone or in a small company.  On this occasion he is prepared to give the evidence of God to a larger audience.  He speaks to his people and relates the greatness and glory of God to them.  In this praise he fulfills the mandate to honor God before the generations.  The gathering may be less intimate but the participation of God is assured.

Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth.  I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:  Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.  We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.  For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children:  Psalm 78: 1-5

Israel, I will tell the old parables of our elders and we will teach the children of Israel.  Now in the 21st century we can teach two covenants and witness the unfolding of an eternal one.  We know how to have a relationship with God, not just a bondage in law.

That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children:  That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:  And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God.  The children of Ephraim, being armed, and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle.  They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law; And forgat his works, and his wonders that he had shewed them.  Psalm 78: 6-11

David passed an education system for eternal life that can be passed to our grandchildren.  They may not be as stubborn as we were, they may take these lessons to heart, and to live by.  They need not follow the world into darkness, by ignoring his word and his wonders.

Marvellous things did he in the sight of their fathers, in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.  He divided the sea, and caused them to pass through; and he made the waters to stand as an heap.  In the daytime also he led them with a cloud, and all the night with a light of fire.  He clave the rocks in the wilderness, and gave them drink as out of the great depths. Psalm 78: 12-15

God did amazing miraculous things in the sight of the children of Israel in Egypt.  He parted the sea for them and marked their path with fire and smoke as they travelled.  He gave them living water from the rock of ages.

He brought streams also out of the rock, and caused waters to run down like rivers.  And they sinned yet more against him by provoking the most High in the wilderness.  And they tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust.  Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?  Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also? can he provide flesh for his people?  Psalm 78:16-20

David reminds Israel that their fathers could forget those miracles in a hurry.  The Israel of Moses was rebellious and insulting towards God.  They acknowledged God’s miracles and then questioned his ability to do more.  They challenged him to give them meat to eat.

Therefore the LORD heard this, and was wroth: so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel;  Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation:  Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven,  And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven.  Man did eat angels’ food: he sent them meat to the full.  Psalm 78:21-25

When God hears this insult he gave them what they wanted, but he was angry in the process.  The food of angels had not satisfied them so he knew they would continue to sin.

He caused an east wind to blow in the heaven: and by his power he brought in the south wind.  He rained flesh also upon them as dust, and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea:  And he let it fall in the midst of their camp, round about their habitations.  So they did eat, and were well filled: for he gave them their own desire;  They were not estranged from their lust. But while their meat was yet in their mouths, The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel.   Psalm 78:26-31

God gathered the birds like a blizzard of feathers and flesh, but the people continued in sin.  While they were still eating God slew the fattest of them and the great men of them.  It would not change them.

For all this they sinned still, and believed not for his wondrous works.  Therefore their days did he consume in vanity, and their years in trouble.  When he slew them, then they sought him: and they returned and enquired early after God.  And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer.  Psalm 78:32-35

David continues to tell Israel of their father’s sins.  When God punished them and slew them they remembered their faith for a season.

Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues.  For their heart was not right with him, neither were they stedfast in his covenant.  But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he 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!  Psalm 78:36-40

Now Israel was being religious in words but not in their hearts.  They were sinning but God refrained from slaying more of them.  If we did not have grace we too would be in failure mode.  We can tempt God and then remember to repent each day.  That generation did not have the final sacrifice of the Lamb of God in their day.

Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.  They remembered not his hand, nor the day when he delivered them from the enemy.  How he had wrought his signs in Egypt, and his wonders in the field of Zoan.  And had turned their rivers into blood; and their floods, that they could not drink.  He sent divers sorts of flies among them, which devoured them; and frogs, which destroyed them.  Psalm 78:41-45

This generation had been given the perfect law and all the powerful signs of God’s miracles.  They witnessed the punishment of Egypt and still turned back to the sins of Egypt.  God did not slack off in his demonstration against Egypt either.

He gave also their increase unto the caterpiller, and their labour unto the locust.  He destroyed their vines with hail, and their sycomore trees with frost.  He gave up their cattle also to the hail, and their flocks to hot thunderbolts.  He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels among them.  He made a way to his anger; he spared not their soul from death, but gave their life over to the pestilence;  Psalm 78:46-50

Here in the western United States weather is a real influence on prosperity.  Nebraska and South Dakota lost herds of cattle to an early blizzard, and we watch the reservoirs for snow and rain that fills them for the summer crops.  Late snows and frosts have people scrambling to cover their tomatoes.  God turned everything against the Egyptians and Israel witnessed their despair and destruction.  But he wasn’t finished yet.

And smote all the firstborn in Egypt; the chief of their strength in the tabernacles of Ham:  But made his own people to go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.  And he led them on safely, so that they feared not: but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.  And he brought them to the border of his sanctuary, even to this mountain, which his right hand had purchased.  He cast out the heathen also before them, and divided them an inheritance by line, and made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents.  Psalm 78:51-55

God slew the oldest sons of Egypt and mentions their linage from Ham.  Ham was cursed for viewing his father’s nakedness, and that curse seems to carry through the ages.  The children of Abraham were protected and guided to safety.  When they faced the Canaanites, who were also of Ham, God drove those out of the land before them too.  The world thinks little of nakedness, but it seems Go has his own opinions.  Israel moved from their homes in Egypt to the portable city of tents.

Yet they tempted and provoked the most high God, and kept not his testimonies:  But turned back, and dealt unfaithfully like their fathers: they were turned aside like a deceitful bow.  For they provoked him to anger with their high places, and moved him to jealousy with their graven images.  When God heard this, he was wroth, and greatly abhorred Israel:  So that he forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh, the tent which he placed among men;  And delivered his strength into captivity, and his glory into the enemy’s hand.   Psalm 78:56-61

Has Israel witnessed enough power to motivate a change of their bad attitudes?  No, but then I too ignored some powerful warnings before responding to God.  It takes only a brief boredom to provoke us to try the next new temptation.  When God chose the family of his perfect man Abraham he was not willing to witness a teen age rebellion.  Their eastern religions and statues were not part of God’s law and he hated their bad choices.  God withdrew from their hose of worship and removed his safety from them.  The enemies of Israel gained power over them.

He gave his people over also unto the sword; and was wroth with his inheritance.  The fire consumed their young men; and their maidens were not given to marriage.  Their priests fell by the sword; and their widows made no lamentation.  Then the LORD awaked as one out of sleep, and like a mighty man that shouteth by reason of wine.  Psalm 78:62-65

The fortunes of war turned against Israel, and they tasted the wrath of God.  Warriors fell and young women had no potential husbands.  Even the priests were slain until God decided to return to Israel.

And he smote his enemies in the hinder parts: he put them to a perpetual reproach.  Moreover he refused the tabernacle of Joseph, and chose not the tribe of Ephraim:68 But chose the tribe of Judah, the mount Zion which he loved.  And he built his sanctuary like high palaces, like the earth which he hath established for ever.  He chose David also his servant, and took him from the sheepfolds:  From following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance.  So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skilfulness of his hands.  Psalm 78:66-72

God performed the work that gave victory back to Israel.  God put the enemies of Israel in retreat but he also made changes in the camp of Israel.  The tribe of Ephraim, the son of Joseph, was rejected from the Tabernacle service in favor of the Temple in Judah.  David and Jerusalem were over Israel and he cared for them as the shepherd he was.

I have watched great churches rise and fall into temptation for many years now.  Some are repentant and are restored to favor.  Others are passed over for promotion and are forgotten forever.  No matter how many gifts a church has it must remember that it needs the Captain of the Host to win our battles.

Balance is found in fellowship with Father, Son, and Holy Ghost:  Prayer, Bible Study, and Christian Fellowship.