How Will You Respond?

“Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways” (Psalm 95:10).

The Exodus Generation were eyewitnesses to history's greatest miracles. As the Lord declared, they "saw my work" (v. 9). But lacking the faculty of spiritual eyesight, they stumbled in unbelief like blind men. They were incredibly wrong-headed in their assessments and conclusions of God's dealings.

The real problem was their erring hearts. Verse 10 is quoted in Hebrews 3:10 with one addition. "They do alway err in their heart..." Chronic wrong thinking stems less from defective logic and more from diminished love. If they had only known God's heart, they would have understood His ways.

It's all in how you respond. In verses 1-7 hearts melt like butter, but in verses 8-11 they harden like clay. Some receive and others reject, but the love is the same.

This psalm ends in death. Hardened and hopeless, the erring ones must die in the wilderness (v. 11). As Thornton Wilder observed, "There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning." God's love is your bridge to the good life.

“Search me, 0 God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting" (Psalm 139:23-24). In Jesus' name, Amen.