Archive for February 17th, 2010

Psalm 106

Psalm 106 continues the history lesson of God’s love.  The chapter starts by telling us “He’s good, because His love lasts”.  God is good all the time.  If you don’t remember anything else – never forget that.  We learn that “you’re one happy man when you do what’s right”.  Obedience is the secret to happiness.  If we walk with God, if we live His way, things will go much better.  Obedience is a key element of happiness.  But the psalmist goes on to give us a hint as to how to achieve that when he says “one happy woman when you form the habit of justice”.  If we want to succeed and find happiness through obedience – we need to build godly spiritual habits.  Spiritual disciplines are key to our ongoing success and our ability to live an obedient life.  We have to build those and follow them every day.  It is critical for our success in our walk with God.  But the reality of the human condition is stated here:  “We’ve sinned a lot, both we and our parents.  We’ve fallen short, hurt a lot of people”.  There it is – black and white – we sin and so did our parents.  And our grandparents and their parents and on it goes back to the garden of Eden.  Sin is a reality for us as humans.  And it matters.  It matters a lot in God’s eyes.  He can’t tolerate it.  So we have to deal with sin.  We can’t just ignore it.  We see several references as to why sin happens so easily and so often for us as humans: “After our parents left Egypt, they took Your wonders for granted, forgot your great and wonderful love….it wasn’t long before they forgot the whole thing”.  This is the root cause – we lose our focus on God.  We stop working on our relationship and God becomes irrelevant in our lives.  We think we can do it ourselves.  We push God out.  If you want to walk in obedience then you have to stay connected and close to God.  There is no way we will achieve it on our own.  We will fall flat on our faces every time we try.  God alone is the way we can live in obedience.  So what happens when we sin and forget God?

 “He gave them exactly what they asked for – but along with it they got an empty heart”.  When we sin and walk away from God, He doesn’t stop us.  Free will means we choose where God fits into our lives.  But when we do walk away, we find this gaping hole in our heart.  God alone can fill it.  He alone is the source of our joy and satisfaction and goodness.  And when we take it too far, well God gets really irritated.  He gets “Fed up, God decided to get rid of them”.  Never believe that God doesn’t take sin seriously.  He absolutely does.  He will deal with it.  And God was ready to get rid of everyone when one man got involved.  “Except for Moses, His chosen, He would have.  But Moses stood in the gap and deflected God’s anger, prevented it from destroying them utterly”.   Did you catch this?  God was going to destroy the people but Moses stood in the gap.  He got between God’s anger and His people and interceded for them.  Never doubt the power of prayer and a godly life.  Moses saved the people by his willingness to get involved and stand in the gap for them.  “Their way of life stank to high heaven”.  They didn’t deserve it.  But Moses was willing to go to God and intercede.  Who are you interceding for today?  Who are you standing in the gap to prevent from experiencing God’s destruction and wrath?  God listens to His godly followers.  “Phinehas stood up and pled their case and the plague was stopped”.  God listens to those who love Him and are walking in obedience and willing to stand in the gap.  Both Moses and Phinehas could have said it wasn’t their problem.  They weren’t the issue.  They could have ignored it and just let God have His way. But they didn’t.  They got in the middle of a mess that wasn’t theirs and interceded and used their relationship to save many.  Remember why these problems existed because we have the same issue.  “Over and over God rescued them, but they never learned – until finally their sins destroyed them”.  The people forgot and lost their relationship with God.  They just failed to stay connected.  Sin will destroy – it leads to death and eternal separation from God.  We have to find Him and stay in relationship with Him through Jesus.  God never leaves and never wants us to fall.  “Still, when God saw the trouble they were in and heard their cries for help, He remembered His Covenant with them, and immense with love, took them by the hand”.  That is the heart of God.  He loves us always.  He is waiting for us to come back to Him.  He wants to pour His grace and mercy out on us.  That is why Jesus went to the Cross.  God wants to be in relationship.  Anything less will be a big problem come judgment day!

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