Then they remembered that God was their rock, that their redeemer was the Most High. – Psalm 78:35


Moses’ song was intended to remind the Israelites that if they backslid, they would be neglecting the Rock who fathered them and the God who had given them birth (Deuteronomy 32:18). That Rock, who is Christ (1 Corinthians 10:4), had followed them in the wilderness and provided drink for them for forty years. How could they ever have turned their backs on their Rock? Perhaps the Israelites took God for granted, thinking they could provide for and defend themselves without His help.

Our lives are confused and insecure when we leave our Rock in order to build our lives on shifting sand (Matthew 7:26-27). The rich fool thought he was secure in his barns and possessions, but he found out that his life was built on a false foundation (Luke 12:16-21). We can look high and low, trying to find security in money, positions, organizations, and even nations. Unfortunately, we will find that all these things will eventually crumble and turn to dust.

Although the world puts its trust in things and people that disappoint, decide today to seek the immovable Rock of the Kingdom of God. “He will give you all you need from day to day if you make the Kingdom of God your primary concern” (Luke 12:31).


Then they remembered that God was their rock, that their redeemer was the Most High. – Psalm 78:35




Then they remembered that God was their rock, that their redeemer was the Most High. – Psalm 78:35




The Lord made this covenant with you so that no man, woman, family, or tribe among you would turn away from the Lord our God to worship these gods of other nations, and so that no root among you would bear bitter and poisonous fruit. – Deuteronomy 29:18

The Pharisees were bitter men, envious of Jesus and angry about His pure, sweet teaching. A root of bitterness will corrupt many (Hebrews 12:15). A fountain cannot produce sweet and bitter water at the same time (James 3:11), and a person’s heart is the wellspring of his life.

The secret to life, prosperity, and blessing is a heart that is pure, sweet, and undefiled. How quickly the envy and greed of the world can turn someone’s heart bitter and sour toward individuals or races! Moses warned the Israelites that if they harbored poisonous roots of bitterness in their hearts toward God or one another, their land would become a burning waste of salt and sulfur. The Israelites failed to heed the warning, however, and for forty years were bitter at God, Moses, and one another. Consequently, one by one their corpses fell in the wilderness.

Bitterness is a taste in your mouth—a flavor that colors every experience and relationship. If any bitter roots are lodged in your heart today, ask the Holy Spirit to pull them out. In so doing, you are choosing life, “that you and your descendants might live!” (Deuteronomy 30:19).

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