Psalm 78 reimagined

A psalm written by Asaph

  1. My fellow believers, pay attention to my teaching.  Listen carefully to what I explain.
  2. I will take lessons from our shared history and give insights from my reflections on these events.
  3. We frequently tell these stories when we are together and we each reflect on them on our own.  We also have the stories which were written down many generations ago by those who witnessed what was happening.
  4. It is important to share these insights with the children we love, so the coming generations understand what the Lord has done for us and they too can be amazed at his / her strength and marvel at his / her achievements.
  5. Jesus taught his followers and the people of his time.  He showed them how to share the Good News and included children in his group.
  6. He showed how caring for our children brings each generation into his purpose, so that they will in turn share the Good News with their children.
  7. The Creator desires that each generation should find its own faith in him / her, by remembering what he / she has done in the past and by following his / her purpose.
  8. Too often in the past, new generations have not become his / her committed followers, but instead have been obstinate, resistant and disloyal.
  1. The intercessors of the church, though they had seen real answers to prayer, stepped back from the frontline when life got too tough and real.
  2. They forgot the Creator’s promises and refused to pick up his / her challenges.
  3. They declined to recall the answers they had seen – the awesome marvels which he / she had performed for them,
  4. The wonders he / she worked for their parents and grandparents, and his / her faithfulness in far-off places.
  5. He / she liberated the people when they were hopelessly trapped; he / she opened up a path where it seemed impossible to go.
  6. He / she gave them directions when the way seemed clear and he / she guided them when they felt completely lost.
  7. When life was at its toughest, and making ends meet was challenging, he / she provided what they needed when there was no other way.
  8. Not only did he / she give them enough, he / she provided for them in extraordinary ways, more than they could have imagined.
  1. Yet his / her people did not respond well and they offended the Greatest-of-all-Time by defying his advice.
  2. They became wilful and made demands of their God, insisting that he / she provide everything of which they dreamed.  
  3. The Creator became the focus of their accusations, “He / she is unable to provide what we need right here and right now.”
  4. “Yes, he / she helped us in the past but what we need now is just too challenging for him / her.”
  5. The Lord heard these provocations, and he / she saw red.  He / she was exasperated with his / her people and his / her displeasure grew,
  6. Because they doubted that their Creator could help, they decided that he / she was no longer their guardian.
  7. The Lord promised his / her people, “I have full warehouses and can provide what you need.”
  8. From his / her own riches, he / she provided food for his / her people.
  9. He / she was generous, giving them the best quality goods they could have hoped for and more than enough to meet their needs.
  10. Daily he / she gave them what they needed, and he / she never begrudged what it cost him / her.
  11. His / her kindness did not stop there, they did not want for anything.
  12. He / she did not expect anything in return – he / she gave to them with no conditions.
  13. They received what they requested and more.
  14. But they took advantage of his / her generosity and their hearts did not respond to him / her.
  15. The Creator was frustrated by their lukewarm response.  He / she pulled back from them hoping that they would recognise his / her love for them, but their hearts were untouched.
  1. Despite his / her love and generosity, they continued to wrong him / her.  His / her consistent care and support was not enough to make them rely on him / her.
  2. They drifted in their faith without ever achieving what he / she had purposed for them.
  3. Only when they were up against it, suffering ill-health and poor finances, did they finally take his / her promises seriously and ask for his / her help.
  4. They remembered that the Creator had promised to be their guardian, that the Greatest-of-all-time had offered to liberate them.
  5. But they never really committed themselves to him / her.  They said the right things but did not keep their promises.
  6. They wanted him / her to keep his side of the commitment, but they gave nothing of themselves.
  7. As usual he / she was tender-hearted towards them and he / she overlooked their wrongdoings. He / she would have been within his / her rights to hold back his / her generosity and his / her life-giving Spirit.
  8. However, he / she acknowledged their human frailties and the brevity of their existence.
  1. Even in the most challenging times, they resisted his / her care and broke his / her heart by rejecting his / her practical love.
  2. He lost count of the times when he / she waited for them to ask for the help they needed, only to be ignored.
  3. They forgot the times when he / she himself delivered them from need and persecution.
  4. They failed to recall the wonders of the cross and resurrection and how he / she protected them in amazing ways.
  5. He / she challenged those who oppressed and abused his / her people by making them victims of their own cruelty.
  6. He frustrated their daily lives with irritations and discomforts.
  7. He removed their ability to provide for themselves, so their families began to suffer hunger and hardship.
  8. He / she ruined their projects and businesses, so they doubted their sense of purpose and achievement.
  9. All they depended on and held dear was destroyed and they lost their air of invincibility. 
  10. His / her strong sense of justice was activated – his / her anger rose, and he / she decided to destroy their ability to carry out cruel and malicious deeds.
  11. These persecutors ignored his / her warnings and ripostes to the extent that they put themselves on a collision course with his / her desire to break oppression and abuse. 
  12. Their families lost the lives of loved ones – those they held dear – their hope and their future.
  13. But he / she liberated the people he / she loved, and he / she led them to a safe and secure place.
  14. He / she delivered them completely, setting them free from those who would have oppressed them again and delivering them from their fears.
  15. He / she became their guardian giving them a place to live securely and in prosperity.
  16. Under his / her guidance they established their communities where each could find their purpose and prosper.
  1. But his / her own people did not accept the leadership of the Creator, the Greatest-of-all-time.  They chose to question his / her advice and care.
  2. Rather than being grateful, and learning the lessons of their parents, they decided to do their own thing and reject the one who promised so much.  
  3. They let other things become more important to them than he / she was, making him / her wary of their intentions.
  4. When the Creator heard them complain about the woes that they had brought on themselves, he / she stepped back from them.
  5. He / she held back his / her presence so that their worship and prayers became hollow.
  6. The signs of his / her guardianship, which had been so full of meaning, became insignificant and the words of their teachers became worthless.
  7. His / her own people suffered illness and physical attacks because they had rejected his / her leadership.
  8. Even future generations suffered untimely misfortunes and deaths, not reaching their prime.
  9. Those who had led the people in their faith, lost their trust in him / her and their families followed them in disowning him / her.
  1. Finally, the Boss jumped into action, breaking his / her self-imposed inaction.
  2. He / she overthrew his / her opponents, humiliating them for all time.
  3. He / she rejected the failed leaders of the past, those who had let their people down.
  4. He / she chose new leaders who would encourage his / her people to love and worship him / her, living under his / her guardianship.
  5. He / she created a fulfilled and purposeful life for his / her people which was dependable, lasting for all time.
  6. He / she took Jesus, the one who had given up his own life and called him to be the leader of his / her people.  
  7. He raised Jesus from the ignominy of a ruthless execution bringing him back to life and making him the Guardian of his / her people.  
  8. Jesus guides his people with an inexhaustible love and leads them with wise and caring words.  

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