They Despised and Did Not Believe
They Despised and Did Not Believe
Psalm 106 reviews the actions and attitudes of the people of Israel, as God rescued them from slavery in Egypt. The Israelites had suffered tremendously in their enslavement. There was even a time when their sons were killed because Pharaoh was afraid their population was getting too strong.
One might imagine that being wondrously rescued would make them so grateful they would gladly obey the LORD’s leading. But, just as it often is with us, they quickly forgot God’s miraculous rescue. Forgetting their blessings, they complained bitterly, turned back to senseless idolatry, and just wallowed in doubts, fears, and unbelief.
When the Israelites reached the border of the Promised Land, twelve spies were sent into the land to explore. They came back with luscious produce — but ten of them were totally negative, insisting that the native people were much too strong to conquer. Only Caleb and Joshua gave positive reports, showing confidence that the LORD was giving them a very good land.
The Israelites chose to not believe God’s promise to give them this bountiful land. They grumbled, complained, and wished they were dead. Psalm 106:24-25 says about them,
Then they despised the pleasant land;
They did not believe in His word,
But grumbled in their tents;
They did not listen to the voice of the LORD.
Their flagrant unbelief had not changed over the years. When we don’t believe God’s promises, we get bitter and grumbly — refusing to listen to God’s word.
All the LORD’s blessings are forgotten as we sullenly pout and complain. Even though the Israelites saw lots of delicious produce from the land, “they despised the pleasant land”, not ever wanting to set foot in it, and accused God of just trying to kill them. Their imaginations ran amuck as they thought only of themselves — forgetting God’s rescue and miracles.
For their unbelief, God disciplined them with forty years of wandering in the desert, so they would learn to trust in the Lord. All this was recorded so that we, today, could learn by example — instead of needing discipline ourselves. This historical account is God’s way of trying to teach us to trust and obey — just because God can be trusted and is worth obeying because of His great love for us.
God has many promises concerning our Promised Land — heaven. We are not to despise our Promised Land by not believing God’s promises to forgive all our sins in Jesus Christ. We are not to despise our Promised Land with unbelief, grumbling about our circumstances in life, or refusing to listen to God’s word.
Let us confidently put our faith in God’s promises, joyfully saying, “Hallelujah! Lord, You have proven Your faithfulness since the beginning of time. Help us to always remember all the great things You have done and make our faith strong.”
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.