Provoking Him to Anger

Psalms 78:58    For they provoked him to anger with their high places, and moved him to jealousy with their graven images.

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The children of Israel certainly have given us many examples for our daily Christian walk with the Lord. How often we emulate their sins and patterns of behavior. They rebelled; we rebel. They doubted God’s ability; we doubt God’s ability. They limited the Holy One of Israel; we limit the Holy One of Israel. They provoked God with high places; we provoke God with high places

Consider the phrase “they provoked him to anger with their high places.” The children of Israel kept high places. High places were generally elevated places of worship to false gods. They emulated the behavior of the children of Baal. They were lifting up places instead of praises to God. Woe unto us when we assimilate the behavior of children of Baal whilst we live in this strange land!

“High places?” you may ask. Consider our high places today. We have elevated our leisure time to high places. We have elevated our entertainment sources to high places. We have let pride and the lusts of the flesh become our modern-day gods. We have elevated these gods to high places. The problem with elevating these things to high places is that we can no longer see God as we have our high places blocking our view of God.

Are you provoking him to anger with your high places?