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A Foundation for Forgiveness (Psalm 78:31-39)

Introductory Thoughts

Psalm 78 provides remarkable insights into God’s dealings with His people, the nation of Israel. His interactions with them differ considerably from His dealings with the Church today. Regardless, the individual's natural man has remained unchanged for 6,000 years now. The Old Testament records many examples of men rebelling against God in spite of God’s goodness. Following God’s corrective hand, men sometimes exhibit faithfulness. Yet all too often, this faithfulness is short-lived as the individual returns to the folly that will again require God's corrective actions. Regardless, man seems to repeat the never ending cycle of folly and forgiveness. Knowing this makes one wonder why God continues to forgive. His forgiveness originates from His innate compassion for His creation. God's word says that the Lord forgives because He is full of compassion (Psalm 78:38). In other words, the Lord forgives man because He suffers with man as man continues his cycle of inconsistent living. Praise God for His compassionate forgiveness.

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): A younger child grabs a toy away from you just because he wants to play with it. How do you feel toward him? Have you ever done something like that to others? We should forgive one another and not remain angry with anyone.
  • (For everyone): Are you slow to forgive others for sins for which you also seek forgiveness? How would learning how to be more compassionate compel you to be more forgiving toward others?
  • How does the first coming of Christ aid in the Fathers forgiveness? How could we better associate with others so that we may forgive them when they wrong us?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Take time to thank God for His compassion toward you.
  • Ask God to give you a genuine compassion toward others.