We get instruction in this from the negative. Israel did not hear. The psalmist outlines for us what it is we could do that Israel did not. The Israelites did not hear God because they...
- Hardened their hearts – they complained to The Lord about His provision after they had witnessed miraculous deliverance. They were not thankful but demanding of more.
- Tried God – they had seen God’s work but forgot quickly His power. They questioned His heart toward them accusing Him of bringing them out of Egypt to die of starvation and thirst. They did not believe that God cared for them.
- They erred in their hearts – they harbored thoughts that were wrong about God. In this case that the Lord would not take care of them. They did not trust the Lord.
- They did not know His ways – this to me is critical. The thrust of the Bible seems to be that we need to strive to know God, and know Him well. Not to do so is to follow a god that we have created in our own minds and hearts. This seems to be what the Israelites did.
It is a continual pursuit. It is worth the chase.