Turning Back On God
Dr. Brad Whitt
INTRO: I want you to take your Bibles now today and be finding your place at Psalm 78 if you would. Psalm 78, and once you find your place that I want you to keep your Bibles open because even though we won't necessarily be reading every single verse, we will be looking at basically the entire chapter together this morning.
I'm preaching today on the subject, "Turning Back On God." "Turning Back On God."
Three times in this Psalm we are told that the children of Israel turned back on God.
Verse 9, "The children of Ephraim, (that is, the children of God, the children of Israel) being armed and carrying bows, Turned back in the day of battle."
Verse 41, "Yes, again and again (literally - "Yes, they again turned back from . . .") they tempted God, And limited the Holy One of Israel."
Verse 56-57, "Yet they tested and provoked the Most High God, And did not keep His testimonies,57 But turned back and acted unfaithfully like their fathers; They were turned aside like a deceitful bow."
I want to make sure that you understand something. When the says here that they "turned back" on God it's not talking about salvation - its talking about service. It's not talking about conversion - it's talking about commitment.
You see, this whole thing of commitment and service is something that the Lord takes very seriously. As a matter of fact, Jesus said that if you put your hand to plow and turn back you aren't even worthy of the Kingdom of God.
Now, remember all of Psalm 78 is referring to the children of Israel. Those who had been so protected by God; so provided for by God, so blessed by God, and yet there came a point in which they turned back on God.
Look down in verse 45 and let me show you what I'm talking about. Notice how God provided for their needs and protected His people from their enemies. Listen to what God did.
Psalm 78:45-51, "He sent swarms of flies among them, which de ...
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