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Psalm 78, Listen, O My People

Updated: Feb 24, 2022

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The importance of teaching our children while they are still young cannot be overstated. "As the twig is bent, so the tree inclines," said the classical poet Virgil, and Francis Xavier stated, "Give me a kid for the first seven years, and then you can do anything you want with him after that." The formative years of a child's life are vital for their spiritual growth. And that spiritual development occurs primarily within the context of the family and the church. So, if we're not teaching our children about the Lord at home and in the church, where will they learn about the Lord? That is why it is so vital to bring your children to church as well as to teach them at home about the Christian faith.

I shall make multiple references to "your children" and "our children" throughout this morning's speech, so if you are a parent, you may assume that I am speaking directly to you. However, even if you do not have children or do not have children at home, this message is still relevant to you. Because the church is the household of faith, and we are members of God's family. The youngsters in our church are truly "our children," and we all have the responsibility of teaching the next generation about Jesus Christ.

Who Wrote The Book Of Psalms?

The Book of Psalms also known as Psalms, the Psalter, or simply "the Psalms", is the first book of the Ketuvim ("Writings"), the Tanakh's third portion, and a book of the Old Testament.

The term comes from the Greek word o (psalmoi), which translates as "instrumental music" and, by extension, "the lyrics that accompany the music." The book is an anthology of individual Hebrew religious songs, including around 150 in the Jewish and Western Christian traditions and a few more in the Eastern Christian churches. While many attribute the psalms to David, contemporary research attributes them to a variety of writers writing between the ninth and fifth century BC.

What Type Of Psalm Is Psalm 78?

Psalm 78 is the 78th psalm in the Book of Psalms in the Bible. It is one of Asaph's twelve psalms and is classified as a "maskil." With 72 verses, it is the second-longest Psalm: Psalm 119 is composed of 176 verses. This psalm is known as Psalm 77 in the Greek Septuagint edition of the Bible and in its Latin translation in the Vulgate. It is titled "a new beginning in Zion and David" in the New American Bible, Revised Edition.

Psalm 78, Listen, O My People

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Listen, listen, listen, O My people

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Listen, my people, to instruction; give ear to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable, and utter dark sayings of old,

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Which we have heard and known, our fathers passed on to us. Not hiding them from their children, but telling generations to come

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The praise of the LORD and His strength, the wonderful works He has done. He established a witness in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel,

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Which He commanded our fathers, to teach them to their children, That ages to come might know, even children yet to be born,

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Listen, listen, listen, O My people

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They’d rise to tell their children, to fix their hearts upon God And not to forget the works of God, but keep all His commands,

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And not be like their fathers, a stubborn rebellious age, Who would not prepare its heart, with spirits unfaithful to God.

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Ephraim’s sons were archers with bows, but left in the day of battle. Not keeping God’s covenant, refusing to walk in His law;

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Forgetting about His deeds, His miracles that He showed them. His wonders before their fathers, in Egypt and Zoan’s field.

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Listen, listen, listen, O My people

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Dividing the sea so they passed through, making the waters stand in a heap. Leading with cloud by day, with a light of fire by night.

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He split the rocks in the wilderness, gave drink in full like the ocean depths. He brought a stream from the rock, made waters run down like rivers.

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Yet they persisted in sin in the desert against the Most High. In their heart putting God to the test, by asking for food they desired.

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Against their God they grumbled, "In deserts will God set table? He struck the rock so that waters, gushed forth in flowing streams.

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Listen, listen, listen, O My people

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Then can He also give bread to us? Can He give meat for His people?" Therefore the LORD God heard them, and then He was full of wrath;

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A fire was kindled in Jacob, and anger then burned against Israel, For they did not have faith in God, refusing to trust His salvation.

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Yet He called the clouds above, and opened the doors of heaven; Rained manna down for them to eat, and gave them food from heaven.

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Man ate the bread of angels; He sent them food in abundance. The East winds blew in the heavens, and with power He called the south wind.

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Listen, listen, listen, O My people

ke dust He rained down meat, winged fowl like sands of the sea, Within their camp He let them fall, round about all their dwellings.

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They ate and were well filled, He gave to them their desire. But before their longing was filled, while the food was still in their mouths,

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God’s anger rose up against them, killing the strong and choice ones. Yet still they remained in their sin, disbelieving His wonderful works.

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Their days He ended in vanity, their years in sudden terror. But when He struck they sought Him, they returned to seek after God;

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Listen, listen, listen, O My people

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Then they remembered their rock was God, the Most High God their Redeemer. But they deceived with their mouth, they lied to Him with their tongue.

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Their heart was never steadfast to Him, nor would they be faithful in covenant. But He, in loving compassion, forgave and did not destroy;

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He often restrained His anger, His wrath He did not arouse. Remembering they were but flesh, fleeting wind that does not return.

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They often rebelled in the wilderness, and grieved Him in the desert! Again and again they tested God, grieving the Holy One of Israel.

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Listen, listen, listen, O My people

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They did not remember His power, the day when He saved from their enemies, In Egypt He showed His miracles, His signs in the field of Zoan,

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He turned their rivers to blood, so they could not drink of their streams. Sending out flies that devoured, and frogs that brought on corruption.

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He gave their crops to locusts, the fruit of their toil to swarms. Destroying their vines with His hail, their sycamores all with His frost.

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He gave their cattle to hailstones, their herds to bolts of lightning. He loosed His burning anger, with fury and rage and anguish

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Listen, listen, listen, O My people

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With a band of destroying angels, He leveled a path for His anger; He did not spare their soul from death, but gave their life to the plague,

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And smote the firstborn in Egypt, the firstborn of strength in the tents of Ham. Llke sheep He led His own people, a flock He led through the wilderness;

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In safety He led with no fear; as waters then covered their foes. He brought them to His holy land, to the mountain His right hand had gained.

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Expelling the nations He split the land, the tribes of Isr’el lived in their tents. But grumbling and testing the Most High God, they would not keep His witness,

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Listen, listen, listen, O My people

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Just like their fathers turned traitor; they turned like a treacherous bow. Provoking Him with their high places, His jealousy with graven idols.

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When God heard this He was filled with wrath, and greatly detested Israel; He abandoned His dwelling at Shiloh, the tent which He pitched among men,

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He gave His strength to captivity, His glory to the hand of the enemy. His people He gave to the sword, His wrath burned against His inheritance.

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Fire devoured His young men, His virgins had no wedding songs. His priests then fell by the sword, and His widows could not even weep.

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Listen, listen, listen, O My people

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The Lord then awoke from His slumber, like a warrior rejoicing from wine. He drove away all His enemies; He heaped on lasting reproach.

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He left the tents of Joseph, not choosing the tribe of Ephraim, But chose the tribe of Judah, Mount Zion which He loved.

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He built on high His Holy Place, as earth was founded forever. He also chose David His servant, taking him from the sheepfolds;

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From ewes and lambs He brought him, to shepherd His people and heritage. He shepherded with deep integrity, and led them with skillful hands.

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Listen, listen, listen, O My people