Loyal Hearts, Faithful Spirits

From Lynda Lindsey

The Psalmist’s admonition to remember and pass on God’s love and laws: Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget His deeds but would keep His commands. They would not be like their forefathers—-a stubborn and rebellious generation, whose hearts were not loyal to God, whose spirits were not faithful to Him. Psalm 78:7-8

But then they would flatter Him with their mouths, lying to Him with their tongues; their hearts were not loyal to Him, they were not faithful to His covenant.

Psalm 78:36-37

But He brought His people out like a flock; He led them like sheep through the desert. Psalm 78:52

The Psalmist writes of King David’s shepherd days: And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them. Psalm 78:72

The Psalmist invites us to hear, not just with our ears, but with our heart and spirit, as he recounts the mighty deeds and faithful acts of God, even in the face of the nation’s continued sin, rebellion, and faithlessness. God leads us through our deserts now, just as surely as He led His people out of Egypt long ago. God, we are reminded, provides a way of escape for His people who return to Him with repentant hearts and minds.

We are urged to remember, to trust, to obey, and to pass on God’s amazing intervention in our lives lest we spurn God by forgetting all His goodness and kindness. God called a people to Himself, set them apart, gave them the Law, and miraculously led them out of Egypt. God personally accompanied His people with a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. He provided for all their needs; water, food. Even their shoes didn’t wear out as they trudged through the desert all those years.

God, angry at the people’s willful disobedience, lack of trust, idolatry, flattering mouths, and lying tongues, rejected His people, giving them over to the consequences of their own sin, reminiscent of Paul’s future summation of sin’s downward spiral in Romans Chapter One. But God...what a hopeful phrase in Scripture! But God, not yet finished with His people, chose David, a shepherd with a servant’s heart. David, with a loyal heart and a faithful spirit who would lead with integrity and skillful hands. David, through whom would come the ultimate Good Shepherd.

Remember, and rehearse, all God’s wondrous deeds. Give your heart a loyalty checkup, and please God by turning to Him, or returning to Him. He eagerly waits.