Psalm 106:1-48 (NLT2)1 Praise the LORD! Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.2 Who can list the glorious miracles of the LORD? Who can ever praise him enough?3 There is joy for those who deal justly with others and always do what is right.4 Remember me, LORD, when you show favor to your people; come near and rescue me.5 Let me share in the prosperity of your chosen ones. Let me rejoice in the joy of your people; let me praise you with those who are your heritage.6 Like our ancestors, we have sinned. We have done wrong! We have acted wickedly!7 Our ancestors in Egypt were not impressed by the LORD’s miraculous deeds. They soon forgot his many acts of kindness to them. Instead, they rebelled against him at the Red Sea.8 Even so, he saved them— to defend the honor of his name and to demonstrate his mighty power.9 He commanded the Red Sea to dry up. He led Israel across the sea as if it were a desert.10 So he rescued them from their enemies and redeemed them from their foes.11 Then the water returned and covered their enemies; not one of them survived.12 Then his people believed his promises. Then they sang his praise.13 Yet how quickly they forgot what he had done! They wouldn’t wait for his counsel!14 In the wilderness their desires ran wild, testing God’s patience in that dry wasteland.15 So he gave them what they asked for, but he sent a plague along with it.16 The people in the camp were jealous of Moses and envious of Aaron, the LORD’s holy priest.17 Because of this, the earth opened up; it swallowed Dathan and buried Abiram and the other rebels.18 Fire fell upon their followers; a flame consumed the wicked.19 The people made a calf at Mount Sinai; they bowed before an image made of gold.20 They traded their glorious God for a statue of a grass-eating bull.21 They forgot God, their savior, who had done such great things in Egypt--22 such wonderful things in the land of Ham, such awesome deeds at the Red Sea.23 So he declared he would destroy them. But Moses, his chosen one, stepped between the LORD and the people. He begged him to turn from his anger and not destroy them.24 The people refused to enter the pleasant land, for they wouldn’t believe his promise to care for them.25 Instead, they grumbled in their tents and refused to obey the LORD.26 Therefore, he solemnly swore that he would kill them in the wilderness,27 that he would scatter their descendants among the nations, exiling them to distant lands.28 Then our ancestors joined in the worship of Baal at Peor; they even ate sacrifices offered to the dead!29 They angered the LORD with all these things, so a plague broke out among them.30 But Phinehas had the courage to intervene, and the plague was stopped.31 So he has been regarded as a righteous man ever since that time.32 At Meribah, too, they angered the LORD, causing Moses serious trouble.33 They made Moses angry, and he spoke foolishly.34 Israel failed to destroy the nations in the land, as the LORD had commanded them.35 Instead, they mingled among the pagans and adopted their evil customs.36 They worshiped their idols, which led to their downfall.37 They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons.38 They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters. By sacrificing them to the idols of Canaan, they polluted the land with murder.39 They defiled themselves by their evil deeds, and their love of idols was adultery in the LORD’s sight.40 That is why the LORD’s anger burned against his people, and he abhorred his own special possession.41 He handed them over to pagan nations, and they were ruled by those who hated them.42 Their enemies crushed them and brought them under their cruel power.43 Again and again he rescued them, but they chose to rebel against him, and they were finally destroyed by their sin.44 Even so, he pitied them in their distress and listened to their cries.45 He remembered his covenant with them and relented because of his unfailing love.46 He even caused their captors to treat them with kindness.47 Save us, O LORD our God! Gather us back from among the nations, so we can thank your holy name and rejoice and praise you.48 Praise the LORD, the God of Israel, who lives from everlasting to everlasting! Let all the people say, “Amen!” Praise the LORD!
God's Unfaithful People
The author of this Psalm is unknown but it is a song of national confession and grief and sorrow.. It points out God’s longsuffering mercy in dealing with His people.
The psalm has four major sections.
1.Praise and Confession (verses 1- 6) The author issues a call to praise, followed by an expression of extreme blessing, a personal prayer, and a confession of national sin. He includes the current generation along with the past ones, in that confession and blessing.
2. Murmuring and Disobedience (verses 7 - 33) In this section the author recounts the times that the nation muttered and disobeyed during the wilderness wanderings after being freed of Egyptian slavery .
3. Backsliding and Unfaithfulness (verses 34 - 36) Even after entering Canaan, the nation continued in its unfaithfulness. First of all they did not destroy the nations of the land as God commanded. This lead to them being influenced by the pagan people left in the land. In mingling with the inhabitants, they learned new sin. They not only served idols but they now joined in the abomination of human sacrifice. God although compassionate and merciful was completely justified in His punishment. God's compassion notwithstanding, punishment.
4. Prayer and Praise (verses 37 - 48) The Psalm ends with prayer and praise. The prayer is a request for mercy and restoration. Even with all the rebellion God is still merciful and blesses His people. Yes there are consequences and there is punishment for sin but God is longsuffering in His mercy. When we realize our sin and confess it God hears us, forgives us and blesses us.
1 John 1:9 (NLT2)9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.
The author’s praise is based on his confidence that God has heard his confession, on behalf of the nation, and that He will forgive and then bless.
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Donald Jacobs is an ordained minister with the spiritual gift of teaching. He is the Associate Pastor of a non-denominational church in Los Angeles, CA.