Psalms 78:18

18 They tested God in their hearts, demanded food for their stomachs.

Psalms 78:18 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 78:18

And they tempted God in their heart
Which is desperately wicked, and from whence all impiety flows; they entertained hard thoughts of God; they inwardly fretted at their present circumstances, and secretly repined and murmured against God, and wished for things they should not; not being contented with what they had, and thankful for them, as they ought to have been:

by asking meat for their lust;
or, "for their soul"; such as their souls lusted after, and their sensitive appetites craved; for they were not satisfied with the bread they had, which was sufficient for their sustenance and support; they wanted food for pleasure and wantonness; to ask for daily bread is right, but to ask for more to consume on our lusts is wrong, ( James 4:3 ) .

Psalms 78:18 In-Context

16 God made streams flow from the rock, made water run like rivers.
17 But they continued to sin against God, rebelling against the Most High in the desert.
18 They tested God in their hearts, demanded food for their stomachs.
19 They spoke against God! "Can God set a dinner table in the wilderness?" they asked.
20 "True, God struck the rock and water gushed and streams flowed, but can he give bread too? Can he provide meat for his people?"