Psalm 078

1    Attend, my people, to my law;

          thereto give thou an ear;

     The words that from my mouth proceed

          attentively do hear.

2    My mouth shall speak a parable,

          and sayings dark of old;

3    The same which we have heard and known,

          and us our fathers told.

4    We also will them not conceal

          from their posterity;

     Them to the generation

          to come declare will we:

     The praises of the Lord our God,

          and his almighty strength,

     The wondrous works that he hath done,

          we will shew forth at length.

5    His testimony and his law

          in Isr’el he did place,

     And charg’d our fathers it to show

          to their succeeding race;

6    That so the race which was to come

          might well them learn and know;

     And sons unborn, who should arise,

          might to their sons them show:

7    That they might set their hope in God,

          and suffer not to fall

     His mighty works out of their mind,

          but keep his precepts all:

8    And might not, like their fathers, be

          a stiff rebellious race;

     A race not right in heart; with God

          whose sp’rit not stedfast was.

9    The sons of Ephraim, who nor bows

          nor other arms did lack,

     When as the day of battle was,

          they faintly turned back.

10   They brake God’s cov’nant, and refus’d

          in his commands to go;

11   His works and wonders they forgot,

          which he to them did show.

12   Things marvellous he brought to pass;

          their fathers them beheld

     Within the land of Egypt done,

          yea, ev’n in Zoan’s field.

13   By him divided was the sea,

          he caus’d them through to pass;

     And made the waters so to stand,

          as like an heap it was.

14   With cloud by day, with light of fire

          all night, he did them guide.

15   In desert rocks he clave, and drink,

          as from great depths, supply’d.

16   He from the rock brought streams, like floods

          made waters to run down.

17   Yet sinning more, in desert they

          provok’d the Highest One.

18   For in their heart they tempted God,

          and, speaking with mistrust,

     They greedily did meat require

          to satisfy their lust.

19   Against the Lord himself they spake,

          and, murmuring, said thus,

     A table in the wilderness

          can God prepare for us?

20   Behold, he smote the rock, and thence

          came streams and waters great;

     But can he give his people bread?

          and send them flesh to eat?

21   The Lord did hear, and waxed wroth;

          so kindled was a flame

    ‘Gainst Jacob, and ‘gainst Israel

          up indignation came.

22   For they believ’d not God, nor trust

          in his salvation had;

23   Though clouds above he did command,

          and heav’n’s doors open made,

24   And manna rain’d on them, and gave

          them corn of heav’n to eat.

25   Man angels’ food did eat; to them

          he to the full sent meat.

26   And in the heaven he did cause

          an eastern wind to blow;

     And by his power he let out

          the southern wind to go.

27   Then flesh as thick as dust he made

          to rain down them among;

     And feather’d fowls, like as the sand

          which li’th the shore along.

28   At his command amidst their camp

          these show’rs of flesh down fell,

     All round about the tabernacles

          and tents where they did dwell.

29   So they did eat abundantly,

          and had of meat their fill;

     For he did give to them what was

          their own desire and will.

30   They from their lust had not estrang’d

          their heart and their desire;

     But while the meat was in their mouths,

          which they did so require,

31   God’s wrath upon them came, and slew

          the fattest of them all;

     So that the choice of Israel,

          o’erthrown by death, did fall.

32   Yet, notwithstanding of all this,

          they sinned still the more;

     And though he had great wonders wrought,

          believ’d him not therefore:

33   Wherefore their days in vanity

          he did consume and waste;

     And by his wrath their wretched years

          away in trouble past.

34   But when he slew them, then they did

          to seek him shew desire;

     Yea, they return’d, and after God

          right early did enquire.

35   And that the Lord had been their Rock,

          they did remember then;

     Ev’n that the high almighty God

          had their Redeemer been.

36   Yet with their mouth they flatter’d him,

          and spake but feignedly;

     And they unto the God of truth

          with their false tongues did lie.

37   For though their words were good, their heart

          with him was not sincere;

     Unstedfast and perfidious

          they in his cov’nant were.

38   But, full of pity, he forgave

          their sin, them did not slay;

     Nor stirr’d up all his wrath, but oft

          his anger turn’d away.

39   For that they were but fading flesh

          to mind he did recall;

     A wind that passeth soon away,

          and not returns at all.

40   How often did they him provoke

          within the wilderness!

     And in the desert did him grieve

          with their rebelliousness!

41   Yea, turning back, they tempted God,

          and limits set upon

     Him, who in midst of Isr’el is

          the only Holy One.

42   They did not call to mind his pow’r,

          nor yet the day when he

     Deliver’d them out of the hand

          of their fierce enemy;

43   Nor how great signs in Egypt land

          he openly had wrought;

     What miracles in Zoan’s field

          his hand to pass had brought.

44   How lakes and rivers ev’ry where

          he turned into blood;

     So that nor man nor beast could drink

          of standing lake or flood.

45   He brought among them swarms of flies,

          which did them sore annoy;

     And divers kinds of filthy frogs

          he sent them to destroy.

46   He to the caterpillar gave

          the fruits of all their soil;

     Their labours he deliver’d up

          unto the locusts’ spoil.

47   Their vines with hail, their sycamores

          he with the frost did blast:

48   Their beasts to hail he gave; their flocks

          hot thunderbolts did waste.

49   Fierce burning wrath he on them cast,

          and indignation strong,

     And troubles sore, by sending forth

          ill angels them among.

50   He to his wrath made way; their soul

          from death he did not save;

     But over to the pestilence

          the lives of them he gave.

51   In Egypt land the first-born all

          he smote down ev’ry where;

     Among the tents of Ham, ev’n these

          chief of their strength that were.

52   But his own people, like to sheep,

          thence to go forth he made;

     And he, amidst the wilderness,

          them, as a flock, did lead.

53   And he them safely on did lead,

          so that they did not fear;

     Whereas their en’mies by the sea

          quite overwhelmed were.

54   To borders of his sanctuary

          the Lord his people led,

     Ev’n to the mount which his right hand

          for them had purchased.

55   The nations of Canaan,

          by his almighty hand,

     Before their face he did expel

          out of their native land;

     Which for inheritance to them

          by line he did divide,

     And made the tribes of Israel

          within their tents abide.

56   Yet God most high they did provoke,

          and tempted ever still;

     And to observe his testimonies

          did not incline their will:

57   But, like their fathers, turned back,

          and dealt unfaithfully:

     Aside they turned, like a bow

          that shoots deceitfully.

58   For they to anger did provoke

          him with their places high;

     And with their graven images

          mov’d him to jealousy.

59   When God heard this, he waxed wroth,

          and much loath’d Isr’el then:

60   So Shiloh’s tent he left, the tent

          which he had plac’d with men.

61   And he his strength delivered

          into captivity;

     He left his glory in the hand

          of his proud enemy.

62   His people also he gave o’er

          unto the sword’s fierce rage:

     So sore his wrath inflamed was

          against his heritage.

63   The fire consum’d their choice young men;

          their maids no marriage had;

64   And when their priests fell by the sword,

          their wives no mourning made.

65   But then the Lord arose, as one

          that doth from sleep awake;

     And like a giant that, by wine

          refresh’d, a shout doth make:

66   Upon his en’mies’ hinder parts

          he made his stroke to fall;

     And so upon them he did put

          a shame perpetual.

67   Moreover, he the tabernacle

          of Joseph did refuse;

     The mighty tribe of Ephraim

          he would in no wise chuse:

68   But he did chuse Jehudah’s tribe

          to be the rest above;

     And of mount Sion he made choice,

          which he so much did love.

69   And he his sanctuary built

          like to a palace high,

     Like to the earth which he did found

          to perpetuity.

70   Of David, that his servant was,

          he also choice did make,

     And even from the folds of sheep

          was pleased him to take:

71   From waiting on the ewes with young,

          he brought him forth to feed

     Israel, his inheritance,

          his people, Jacob’s seed.

72   So after the integrity

          he of his heart them fed;

     And by the good skill of his hands

          them wisely governed.

Ekklesia Muskogee is a reformed baptist church that gathers for worship in Muskogee, Oklahoma. We confess the 1689 second London baptist confession of faith. We affirm the five solas of the Reformation as well as the doctrines of grace (otherwise known as the five points of Calvinism), and each of our pastors would not be ashamed to be called a Calvinist. We are a church led by elders, of which there is a plurality (also called pastors and overseers in the Scriptures). Our mission is to make disciples, love cities, and plant churches.