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Psalms 78 - NIV

A maskilTitle: Probably a literary or musical term of Asaph.


My people, hear my teaching;
listen to the words of my mouth.

2 I will open my mouth with a parable;
I will utter hidden things, things from of old—

3 things we have heard and known,
things our ancestors have told us.

4 We will not hide them from their descendants;
we will tell the next generation
the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord,
his power, and the wonders he has done.

5 He decreed statutes for Jacob
and established the law in Israel,
which he commanded our ancestors
to teach their children,

6 so the next generation would know them,
even the children yet to be born,
and they in turn would tell their children.

7 Then they would put their trust in God
and would not forget his deeds
but would keep his commands.

8 They would not be like their ancestors—
a stubborn and rebellious generation,
whose hearts were not loyal to God,
whose spirits were not faithful to him.


The men of Ephraim, though armed with bows,
turned back on the day of battle;

10 they did not keep God’s covenant
and refused to live by his law.

11 They forgot what he had done,
the wonders he had shown them.

12 He did miracles in the sight of their ancestors
in the land of Egypt, in the region of Zoan.

13 He divided the sea and led them through;
he made the water stand up like a wall.

14 He guided them with the cloud by day
and with light from the fire all night.

15 He split the rocks in the wilderness
and gave them water as abundant as the seas;

16 he brought streams out of a rocky crag
and made water flow down like rivers.


But they continued to sin against him,
rebelling in the wilderness against the Most High.

18 They willfully put God to the test
by demanding the food they craved.

19 They spoke against God;
they said, “Can God really
spread a table in the wilderness?

20 True, he struck the rock,
and water gushed out,
streams flowed abundantly,
but can he also give us bread?
Can he supply meat for his people?”

21 When the Lord heard them, he was furious;
his fire broke out against Jacob,
and his wrath rose against Israel,

22 for they did not believe in God
or trust in his deliverance.

23 Yet he gave a command to the skies above
and opened the doors of the heavens;

24 he rained down manna for the people to eat,
he gave them the grain of heaven.

25 Human beings ate the bread of angels;
he sent them all the food they could eat.

26 He let loose the east wind from the heavens
and by his power made the south wind blow.

27 He rained meat down on them like dust,
birds like sand on the seashore.

28 He made them come down inside their camp,
all around their tents.

29 They ate till they were gorged—
he had given them what they craved.

30 But before they turned from what they craved,
even while the food was still in their mouths,

31 God’s anger rose against them;
he put to death the sturdiest among them,
cutting down the young men of Israel.


In spite of all this, they kept on sinning;
in spite of his wonders, they did not believe.

33 So he ended their days in futility
and their years in terror.

34 Whenever God slew them, they would seek him;
they eagerly turned to him again.

35 They remembered that God was their Rock,
that God Most High was their Redeemer.

36 But then they would flatter him with their mouths,
lying to him with their tongues;

37 their hearts were not loyal to him,
they were not faithful to his covenant.

38 Yet he was merciful;
he forgave their iniquities
and did not destroy them.
Time after time he restrained his anger
and did not stir up his full wrath.

39 He remembered that they were but flesh,
a passing breeze that does not return.


How often they rebelled against him in the wilderness
and grieved him in the wasteland!

41 Again and again they put God to the test;
they vexed the Holy One of Israel.

42 They did not remember his power—
the day he redeemed them from the oppressor,

43 the day he displayed his signs in Egypt,
his wonders in the region of Zoan.

44 He turned their river into blood;
they could not drink from their streams.

45 He sent swarms of flies that devoured them,
and frogs that devastated them.

46 He gave their crops to the grasshopper,
their produce to the locust.

47 He destroyed their vines with hail
and their sycamore-figs with sleet.

48 He gave over their cattle to the hail,
their livestock to bolts of lightning.

49 He unleashed against them his hot anger,
his wrath, indignation and hostility—
a band of destroying angels.

50 He prepared a path for his anger;
he did not spare them from death
but gave them over to the plague.

51 He struck down all the firstborn of Egypt,
the firstfruits of manhood in the tents of Ham.

52 But he brought his people out like a flock;
he led them like sheep through the wilderness.

53 He guided them safely, so they were unafraid;
but the sea engulfed their enemies.

54 And so he brought them to the border of his holy land,
to the hill country his right hand had taken.

55 He drove out nations before them
and allotted their lands to them as an inheritance;
he settled the tribes of Israel in their homes.


But they put God to the test
and rebelled against the Most High;
they did not keep his statutes.

57 Like their ancestors they were disloyal and faithless,
as unreliable as a faulty bow.

58 They angered him with their high places;
they aroused his jealousy with their idols.

59 When God heard them, he was furious;
he rejected Israel completely.

60 He abandoned the tabernacle of Shiloh,
the tent he had set up among humans.

61 He sent the ark of his might into captivity,
his splendor into the hands of the enemy.

62 He gave his people over to the sword;
he was furious with his inheritance.

63 Fire consumed their young men,
and their young women had no wedding songs;

64 their priests were put to the sword,
and their widows could not weep.


Then the Lord awoke as from sleep,
as a warrior wakes from the stupor of wine.

66 He beat back his enemies;
he put them to everlasting shame.

67 Then he rejected the tents of Joseph,
he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim;

68 but he chose the tribe of Judah,
Mount Zion, which he loved.

69 He built his sanctuary like the heights,
like the earth that he established forever.

70 He chose David his servant
and took him from the sheep pens;

71 from tending the sheep he brought him
to be the shepherd of his people Jacob,
of Israel his inheritance.

72 And David shepherded them with integrity of heart;
with skillful hands he led them.

Sermons on Psalms 78 More sermons: Psalms 78

Ed Vasicek avatar
Breaking the Cycle
Shared by: Ed Vasicek on Aug, 2016
Summary: Present generations can choose to follow the Lord despite the ridiculous or ungodly example of their forefathers. The Psalmist gives us advice to help us do so.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Psalms 78:1-72
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 3,491
D Marion Clark avatar
Despite His Wonders
Shared by: D Marion Clark on Apr, 2016
Summary: Despite experiencing the most dramatic miracles recorded, the Hebrews fell back into their ways of living as though God had done nothing for them. We are going to explore how such a relapse could occur.
Series: Psalm 78
Scripture: Psalms 78:32
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 97
D Marion Clark avatar
Yet God
Shared by: D Marion Clark on Apr, 2016
Summary: Our passage will explain why God remains faithful, and what he has done to overcome the faithlessness of his people.
Series: Psalm 78
Scripture: Psalms 78:38-39
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 234
D Marion Clark avatar
Testing God
Shared by: D Marion Clark on Apr, 2016
Summary: Testing God is the recurring theme as the psalmist recounts the waywardness of the Israelites. Three times it is mentioned, each time presenting insight into the different perspectives between them and God about their relationship.
Series: Psalm 78
Scripture: Psalms 78:17-58
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 103
D Marion Clark avatar
Wondrous Redeemer
Shared by: D Marion Clark on Apr, 2016
Summary: I want to use this story to remind us of the greater redemption that God has wrought for both Jew and Gentile through Jesus Christ whose birth we are celebrating.
Series: Psalm 78
Scripture: Psalms 78:42-55
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 75
D Marion Clark avatar
He Will Not Fail Them
Shared by: D Marion Clark on Apr, 2016
Summary: That is the rest of the story. You are not destroyed for your sins. Your Shepherd took that punishment. Your guilt is removed forever. The glory of the Lord will not depart from you because the Holy Spirit will not leave you.
Series: Psalm 78
Scripture: Psalms 78:65-722
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 78
D Marion Clark avatar
We Will Not Hide Them
Shared by: D Marion Clark on Mar, 2016
Summary: Let us resolve that we will not hide the sayings from of old in the Scriptures; rather, we will tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done. Let us make known the faithfulness of the Lord.
Series: Psalm 78
D Marion Clark avatar
Testimony and Law
Shared by: D Marion Clark on Mar, 2016
Summary: Let us commit ourselves to keep all the testimonies that point us to this testimony – the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Series: Psalm 78
Scripture: Psalms 78:5-8
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 103
D Marion Clark avatar
I Forgot
Shared by: D Marion Clark on Mar, 2016
Summary: Our present passage provides insight as to why the Israelites stumbled in fulfilling their obligations, and consequently should give us some insight into our own stumbling.
Series: Psalm 78
Scripture: Psalms 78:9-11
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 378
D Marion Clark avatar
The Covenant
Shared by: D Marion Clark on Mar, 2016
Summary: It is the concept of covenant that both adds to the guilt of the people and exalts the glory of the Lord.
Series: Psalm 78
Scripture: Psalms 78:10
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 165
D Marion Clark avatar
Delivered, Guided, Provided
Shared by: D Marion Clark on Mar, 2016
Summary: We are going to look at verses 12-16, which summarize God’s works. They provide a tidy three-point sermon about what God did for his people. He delivered them; he guided them; and he provided for them.
Series: Psalm 78
Scripture: Psalms 78:12-16
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 316
David Radcliff avatar
Shared by: David Radcliff on Mar, 2016
Summary: "They limited the Holy One of Israel."
Scripture: Psalms 78:35-42
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 294
Bishop Lalachan Abraham avatar
What Makes a Leader?
Shared by: Bishop Lalachan Abraham on Oct, 2014
Summary: “And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.”(Psalm 78:72)
based on 17 ratings
Denomination: *other
Views: 8,618
Humberto Hilario avatar
La Herencia de Nuestros Hijos
Shared by: Humberto Hilario on Jul, 2014
Summary: Que van nuestros hijos a heredar? dinero, propiedades, fama? una relacion con Dios y vida eterna?
Series: Family
Rick Crandall avatar
Our Goal Is Godly Children
Shared by: Rick Crandall on Jun, 2014
Summary: 1. God calls us to listen (vs. 1-2). 2. God calls us to learn (vs. 3). 3. God calls us to lead (vs. 4-8).
Dennis Davidson avatar
Shared by: Dennis Davidson on May, 2014
Summary: Psalm 78 is a hymn for the home. It teaches that the responsibility of each parent or grandparent is that our kids & grandchildren know God’s Word, that they understand that the key to success is to know the Lord, to love Him, & to be obedient to Him.
Series: Mother's Day
based on 13 ratings
Scripture: Psalms 78:1-8
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 41,857
John McCormack avatar
Shared by: John McCormack on Jan, 2014
Jason Smith avatar
One Generation Away
Shared by: Jason Smith on Sep, 2013
Summary: Why is it that many generations can be seeking the Lord, than a generation arises that does not know the Lord? This lesson examines what happened to the generation after Joshua, showing how the parents failed in many areas.
based on 2 ratings
Views: 2,375
Thomas  Giddens avatar
Making A Deposit
Shared by: Thomas Giddens on Aug, 2013
Summary: We need to make a deposit in the next generation.
Scripture: Psalms 78:1-8
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 1,208
Tom Fuller avatar
Remaining Faithful to God
Shared by: Tom Fuller on Jun, 2013
Summary: One of the hardest things for us to do is once we have a relationship with God to keep that relationship going and to remain faithful. Israel faced this same problem over and over and in the psalms we look at today, we find some ways to help us stay loyal
Scripture: Psalms 78:1-80:19
Denomination: Calvary Chapel
Views: 1,743
William R. Nabaza avatar
Remember His Power of Redemption
Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Feb, 2013
Summary: I. EXORDIUM: Can you forget the Person who loved you the most inspite of who you are? II. AUDIENCE PROFILE: Believers III. OBJECTIVES: To show that we can remember the LORD JESUS CHRIST thru Holy Communion IV. TEXT: Psalms 78:42 (New
Scripture: Psalms 78:42
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 237
William R. Nabaza avatar
The WORD in us
Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Jan, 2013
Summary: I. EXORDIUM: Do they see you or do they see the WORD in you? II. AUDIENCE PROFILE: Believers III. OBJECTIVES: To prove we can be like CHRIST because CHRIST is in us. IV. TEXT: Psalms 78:7-8 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
Charles Jones avatar
Shared by: Charles Jones on Jun, 2012
Summary: When God called the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt, it was not His plan to make them wander in the wilderness for forty years. He intended for that generation of His people to immediately receive their promised inheritance.
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: Psalms 78:41
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 9,309
Brad Bailey avatar
Being Faithful to the Future
Shared by: Brad Bailey on Nov, 2011
Summary: The spiritual life of those in their teens. It reflects one of the greatest opportunities that we have... and a calling that I trust God will stir in each if us.
based on 6 ratings
Scripture: Psalms 78:4-7
Views: 7,581
Dean Morgan avatar
Grandparent's Day
Shared by: Dean Morgan on Oct, 2011
Summary: If you ever think that being a grandparent isn’t important then listen to these statistics: 6.1 million - The number of grandparents whose grandchildren younger than 18 live with them.
based on 6 ratings
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 14,855
Anthony Seel avatar
Gateway to Adult Faith
Shared by: Anthony Seel on Aug, 2011
Summary: About parent’s role and responsibility in transmitting faith to their children.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Psalms 78:1-7
Denomination: Anglican
Views: 569
Greg Nance avatar
When Men of God Lead Their Homes
Shared by: Greg Nance on Jul, 2011
Summary: Godly Leadership in the home is God's plan. Every Christian man needs to make God's plan his plan too.
Series: God's Family
Allan Quak avatar
Remembering God’s Faithful Acts
Shared by: Allan Quak on Mar, 2011
Summary: The main feature of a Remembrance Psalms is that to call to mind the actions of God in the past, especially the way God acted to save His people. We do that because we understand that all history is God’s history - every thing has a reason.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Psalms 78:1-8
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,481
Bill Rushing avatar
Turning Back in the Day of Battle
Shared by: Bill Rushing on Aug, 2010
Summary: Many are no longer fighting the good fight.
based on 11 ratings
Scripture: Psalms 78:9-11
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,040
Ricky Nelms avatar
David, Part 1
Shared by: Ricky Nelms on Jul, 2010
Summary: This message looks at the life of David, the early years. The outlines is 1)David's Calling, 2)David's Crisis, and 3)David's Coronation. This is the 5th sermon in the series "Close Encounters".
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Psalms 78:70-72
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 1,068