Psalm 78:40-41 NIV 2011
How often they rebelled against him in the wilderness and grieved him in the wasteland! Again and again they put God to the test; they vexed the Holy One of Israel. They did not remember his power—the day he redeemed them from the oppressor.
I can’t state this any clearer than one commentator, “A salvation-history psalm, of the past but to remember God’s saving acts and marvelously persistent grace.” The psalter reminded them of Israel’s past. They tested God. Psalm 85:8, “Do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, as you did that day at Massah in the wilderness.” They forgot God was their shield and the Holy One of Israel. Psalm 89:18, “Indeed, our shield belongs to the Lord, our king to the Holy One of Israel.” God’s grace comes by faith in Jesus’ atoning death for sinners.
Knowing my sins break God’s heart should send up red flags for me. Alas, I’m still a sinner but eternally thankful for my Savior. I’ve seen progress over the years in desiring to be more like Jesus and less like my sinful self. That comes through time spent daily at the foot of the cross and confessing my sins. Those times make me keenly aware of what not to do today. I love Jesus but I still reside in a sinful body. It’s by God’s grace Jesus saved this sinner.
How will we remember what breaks God’s heart?
Sinners saved by His grace,