Psalms 78

Nov 23, 2022    Pastor Steve Feden

"A Table in the Wilderness" - Psalm 78

Thanksgiving 2022

Having planned a menu of some sort, you have likely gathered supplies, started the preparations, and will continue today and even into Thanksgiving morning. I will be making my famous, or not so famous, tofu peanut butter pie! Hey....don't knock it 'til you try it! And with turkey shortages this year, Tofurkey is expecting their biggest year on record with 600,000 plant based alternatives ready to go! So there!

The amount of groceries we have available is mind boggling. At least some of you will make a visit to Costco as part of your Thanksgiving supply acquisition. Did you know that Costco has almost 600 stores in the US plus others overseas? Add to that the 5,320 WalMart stores, and the Kroger's, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Food Lion, Aldi, Lidl, and so on! When you stop to think about, it boggles the mind. But most of us don't stop to think about.

Enter Asaph and Psalm 78. It's a long Psalm [72 verses] but don't let that scare you away! It's fairly simple and straightforward as Asaph ponders how little the Israelites trusted God and how much they doubted Him, despite what He had done!

Thanksgiving Day we will spread a table thanks to Costco or WalMart or whoever. We live in abundance. But can God really spread a table in the wilderness? Can He give us our daily bread in the desert? I guess that depends on what you are expecting it to look like. Gratitude will remain elusive when you focus on what you don't have as opposed to what you do have. Just ask Israel!

Tonight we will worship, give thanks, and make a clean run through Psalm 78. So as always...

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