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The Ground of Hearing
Posted on March 11, 2011

Psalm 95:7 – 8, the middle part, says, “…today if you would hear His voice do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah…� You will remember that the Psalmist is referring to Exodus 17:3 -7 here. There the nation had just been through the Red Sea experience, had seen the provision of God through His gift of manna, and were on their way through the wilderness to ultimately receive the Law from God through Moses.

But they were thirsty.

In the desert, hot, tired they begin to grumble and complain. They did not trust God to take care of them. They did not believe that He cared for them. They knew that they would have been better off not to have followed Him into the wild. The result of their not trusting the heart of God is starkly stated by the psalmist in verses 10 - 11, “For forty years I loathed that generation, and said they are a people who err in their heart, And they do not know My ways. Therefore I swore in My anger, truly they shall not enter into My rest.�

Don’t know about you but I would rather God not say that about me.

But I find that I am much like the Israelites. Because of some physical discomfort, namely thirst, they begin to question, rather to accuse God of not caring for them. The immediate discomfort banished all that they had seen from His hand from their consciousness. They believed not only that He did not care, but that He was not in control, and further that they would have been better off not to follow Him in the first place.

I have been there. With feelings of isolation, abandonment, betrayal, panic – because of immediate circumstances, thirst.

Psalm 40 has the answer. In the midst of the desert in which we find ourselves, we have to trust the heart of God. We follow one whom not only created us, but did so for a purpose. He is sovereign and in control of the circumstances – He ordained them. Not only that His heart is good, He loves us. The path we are on, the desert through which we trek, is designed to prepare us for His best. We have to resist the demand of our flesh to find other solace. The solace that 40:4 describes. Trusting in other than the Lord to bring us through the wild to His purpose.

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