Read Psalms 106:13-23
They exchanged the glory of God
for the image of an ox that eats grass.
21 They forgot God, their Savior,
who had done great things in Egypt,
22 wondrous works in the land of Ham,
and awesome deeds by the Red Sea.
There’s an old preacher story that goes something like this: It was the heat of battle. Shells were exploding on every side and the soldier was trapped… alone in his foxhole. There was no place for him to go so in desperation he began to dig, as if somehow digging deeper would protect him from his impending death. As he clawed through the dirt his hands met a silver cross pendant that had long been lost and buried in the dirt. As he held it in his hands he looked towards the heavens and cried out, “Thank you Jesus! Now how does this thing work?”.
How often do we turn turn to Jesus in our times of desperation and need only to forget about him in our day to day? How often do we find ourselves stuck waiting for a miracle… Trying to figure out,”how this thing works” while forgetting to take up or cross and follow every day.
Don’t get me wrong, Jesus wants us to call on him in our time of need, but he wants us to follow him and not forget him in our day to day either.
In this section of the psalm, the writer reflects on this recurring pattern in the history of God’s people. By God’s miraculous intervention they are alive and well after fleeing Egypt, yet now they have exchanged the glory of God for an image of an ox eating grass. Sounds silly, doesn’t it? But for what do we trade the glory of God? Money? Status? Our image? Success?
Lets join with God in breaking this pattern of history. Lets be a people who wouldn’t trade the glory of God for anything. Lets join with God by taking up our cross and following Jesus day in and day out.