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Psalm 78:55-59


He drove out the nations before them; he gave them their inheritance by lot.
    He settled the tribes of Israel into their homes.

But they kept testing and rebelling against God Most High.
    They did not obey his laws.
They turned back and were as faithless as their parents.
    They were as undependable as a crooked bow.
They angered God by building shrines to other gods; they made him jealous with their idols.
When God heard them, he was very angry, and he completely rejected Israel.


In part four of our six-part devotion series entitled, "Now, Go Build My Church!" we turn to the book of Psalms for an example of uninspired building.  Most people believe that David wrote the entire book of Psalms.  This is not true.  Today's psalm was actually penned by one of David's choir directors named Asaph.  The Bible tells us in both Chronicles 1 and 2 that Asaph was a spiritual man who grew up with deep religious training.  We also know that he was a Levite.  Psalm 78 deals with the problem of prosperity of the wicked.  Unlike Psalm 37 that emphasizes the brevity of that prosperity, Asaph observes that sometimes this bounty can last a lifetime (Psalm 73:4).  I must confess that sometimes I struggle with this subject.  As a pastor, I often see people attack others.  Many of these same people doing the attacking seem to also accumulate "stuff" and use it to build shrines to other "gods."  Many times I simply lack the understanding of why God waits to deal with these kinds of people.  Fortunately, men like Asaph were around to enlighten me!  Asaph proclaims that God has provided for the Israelites in every way. As promised, God provided shelter and their daily bread.  In addition, God gave them their land inheritance.  But what did the Israelites do?  They rebelled against and tested God.  Asaph tells us they were not dependable.  Here is the part that should bring all of us great fear and great comfort.  What did God do about this disobedient behavior?  God got angry and completed reject Israel!  There is a reason why God tells us not to judge.  When we do, we always get in trouble and we are usually confounded.  We must let God deal with disobedience in the world.  God promises all of His faithful that He will deal with the unfaithful.  It may not be in our lifetime.  Asaph proclaims that in Psalm 73.  Nevertheless, it WILL happen in God's time.  If you are currently building "false idols to other gods," repent and begin building an altar to God.  Don't turn your back on Him.  Don't take God for granted.  Fellowship with His people daily in the temple.  If our rebellious behavior continues, we will be "Despised and Rejected!"