Psalm 106

Psalm 106 continues the history lesson of God and His faithfulness to His people.  It opens with a call to praise Him.  ” Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever”!  The author of this psalm sets up the reality that we forget God’s goodness and covenant and go brain dead in our obedience to Him.  He’s been faithful over and over and over throughout history, yet we continue to make the same stupid mistakes as earlier generations, even though we have the history to show us how painful and costly that disobedience is.

We’re great at calling on God to save us.  “Remember me, O Lord, when you show favor to your people; help me when you save them, that I may look upon the prosperity of your chosen ones, that I may rejoice in the gladness of your nation, that I may glory with your inheritance”.  We want the prosperity, gladness and glory that comes with being God’s children.  But we don’t want to walk in obedience.  We want to do what we want and ignore what God has commanded us to do. “Both we and our fathers have sinned; we have committed iniquity; we have done wickedness”.  It doesn’t work that way.

But history is full of these words:  “they soon forgot…. They forgot God….despised….murmured….did not obey”.  All these kinds of things even with the rich history of God’s love, provision and protection?  How stupid can we be as humans?  God’s more than proven His faithfulness to us.  How can we make these mistakes over and over?  There is a price to pay.  “Therefore he said he would destroy them – had not Moses, his chosen one, stood in the breach before him, to turn away his wrath from destroying them….or Phinehas stood up and intervened”.  Sin carries a stiff price.  And God will be sure we pay it.  It in through the intervention of godly men that some of those consequences have been averted.  And then the final solution was provided when Jesus Christ went to the Cross to carry our sin and offer us forgiveness through the grace and mercy of His blood.

But here is the reality.  “Many times he delivered them, but they were rebellious in their purposes and were brought low through their iniquity”.  We simply insist on rebelling and disobeying God.  It makes no sense, but history is clear, we choose that path over and over.  Yet God is good and loves us in spite of ourselves.  “Nevertheless, he looked upon their distress, when he heard their cry.  For their sake he remembered his covenant, and relented according to the abundance of his steadfast love”.  As bad as we are.  As sinful and rebellious as we have been.  God loves us anyway.  And He proved it when He sent His only Son to the Cross to offer us a way to be forgiven of our sin.  That’s true love.  That’s God’s love!

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