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Psalm 106:1- 8 (KJV) – God Never Gives Up on His Own
This Psalm was probably written after the Israelites returned to Jerusalem from captivity. This would have been the time of rebuilding the city and its wall under Ezra and Nehemiah. It was also a time of rededication to the Lord.
106:1 Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Even though Israel had sinned to the point of God having them taken captive, His mercy continued to abide, to remain with His people. In spite of their inconsistency in following the laws and precepts of the Lord, He continued extending forgiveness and mercy they did not deserve. He does the same for us today.
1 John 1:9 (KJV) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
God’s continued goodness and mercy is enough to warrant our praise and thanksgiving even if He were never to bless us in any other way. But He does bless us immensely in innumerable ways.
Psalm 106:2 Who can utter the mighty acts of the Lord? who can shew forth all his praise? 3 Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that doeth righteousness at all times.
It is our privilege and purpose as believers to praise God and to tell others of all He has done throughout HIStory and for us personally.
We needed a little assistance to understand verse 3, so we looked at in other translations. The Amplified version makes it a bit clearer.
Psalm 106:3 (AMP) Blessed are those who observe justice [by honoring God’s precepts], Who practice righteousness at all times.
When we are observing what the Bible teaches and living in right relationship with God and people, we will show forth His praise with our lives as well as our lips.
Psalm 106:4 Remember me, O Lord, with the favour that thou bearest unto thy people: O visit me with thy salvation; 5 That I may see the good of thy chosen, that I may rejoice in the gladness of thy nation, that I may glory with thine inheritance.
The psalmist is praying for his own salvation and that of his nation as well. He asks the Lord to allow him to experience the blessing of the Lord’s chosen people. After the time of captivity, he prays that the Lord will rekindle rejoicing and glory in Israel.
Psalm 106:6 We have sinned with our fathers, we have committed iniquity, we have done wickedly.
He identifies with the nation by confessing the sin not only of past generations but that of his own as well. A major portion of this psalm will be recounting and confessing specific sins throughout Israel’s history. I wonder if we need to do that on behalf of our own nation? Perhaps if we spent some time remembering how we got where we are, we might avoid making the same gross errors. Certainly, I believe that we need to do this personally and as a nation if we are to have any hope of remaining and finishing well until Jesus returns in vitality and glory.
Psalm 106:7 Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt; they remembered not the multitude of thy mercies; but provoked him at the sea, even at the Red sea. 8 Nevertheless he saved them for his name's sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known.
God had miraculously brought Israel out of Egypt using ten plagues, had fortified them with the Egyptians’ silver and gold, and had made sure all of them were able to walk out in health without stumbling. However, at the first major obstacle, the Red Sea, they lost faith in His ability to care for them. God had spent all that time showing up and showing out on behalf of His people Israel whether they realized it or not. God delivered them mightily in spite of their lack of faith and confidence in His ability to lead them back to the land promised to Abraham. God would have looked powerless to the Egyptians if He had brought them this far just to let them be re-captured or slaughtered. So, for HIS name’s sake, He parted the Red Sea so they could cross it on dry land. If God had allowed His people to drown at this point, He would have appeared unfaithful and powerless. By rescuing them despite their unbelief, He showed not only the Egyptians but also the Israelites His mighty power.
Question? Do we need to confess specific sins or just ask the Lord to cleanse us of all our sin? What benefit is there to being specific about our sin to the Lord? Of course, He knows them; but perhaps we need to remind ourselves how much He has forgiven in order to cultivate thanksgiving and praise in our lives.