Asaph, like David, has a high view of God. What gives him such a big view of the Lord? He remembers! “And I said, This is my anguish; But I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High. I will remember the works of the Lord; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old.” Remembering what God has done in the past allows us to trust him in the present and with our future. In order to remember, we have to know the Story. Asaph goes on to tell the Story of the Bible in Psalm 78 starting with the law in the Exodus Era and ending with David being appointed as king in the Kingdom Era. He reminds the people to teach the Story to their children “…which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us, we will not hide them from their children, telling to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and His strength and His wonderful works that He has done”.
Asaph points out that Israel failed bc they did not remember. “They did not keep the covenant of God; They refused to walk in His law, And forgot His works and His wonders that He had shown them…They did not remember His power: The day when He redeemed them from the enemy.” We just saw this played out in the Judges Era. Before then, during the Conquest Era, Joshua kept the people Bible literate but just one generation after he died “…there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel”. (Judges 2:10) The people did not remember and as a result they became extremely corrupt.
We have an awesome God with an awesome Story of how He sent His Son to save us! So let’s keep reading so we can know His Story, remember it, and pass it to the next generation!