July 31, 2020 – Friday
Psalm 106:12 NIV
12 Then they believed His promises and sang His praise.
The Psalm containing this verse is the second of a pair – Psalm 105 and 106. While most are convinced David wrote Psalm 105, Spurgeon is confident David also wrote Psalm 106. Concerning these two Psalms, Guzik quotes Alexander Maclaren who observed The keynote of Psalm 105 is, ‘Remember His mighty deeds,’ that of Psalm 106 is, ‘They forgot His mighty deeds.’
It is difficult to believe Psalm 106 is written with the idea of showing human sin when it begins with 1 Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. And then it ends with 48 Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Let all the people say, “Amen!” Praise the Lord. That is in addition to our verse of the day Then they believed His promises and sang His praise.
However, preceding our verse of the day we find 6 We have sinned, even as our ancestors did; we have done wrong and acted wickedly. 7 When our ancestors were in Egypt, they gave no thought to Your miracles; they did not remember Your many kindnesses, and they rebelled by the sea, the Red Sea. 8 Yet He saved them for His name’s sake, to make His mighty power known. It was only after they passed through the Red Sea and the same sea claimed Pharaoh’s army that we get to our Verse of the Day when Israel then believed His promises and sang His praise.
Sadly that did not last as the next three verses reveal 13 But they soon forgot what He had done and did not wait for His plan to unfold. 14 In the desert they gave in to their craving; in the wilderness they put God to the test. 15 So He gave them what they asked for, but sent a wasting disease among them.
The rest of the Psalm consist of the following sequence – sin, punishment, forgiveness, praise of God. Here are verses of various sins
24 Then they despised the pleasant land; they did not believe His promise.
28 They yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor and ate sacrifices offered to lifeless gods;
34 They did not destroy the peoples as the Lord had commanded them,
38ab They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan,
Yet as we approach the conclusion of this Psalm we read 46 He caused all who held them captive to show them mercy. 47 Save us, Lord our God, and gather us from the nations, that we may give thanks to Your holy name and glory in Your praise. 48 Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting.
We should not wonder at the sins of Israel. We only have to look around us in our own time, culture, and country and see how sin becomes a way of life as God is rejected over and over. Like Israel we have the opportunity to turn to God as well with one major difference. As individuals we are able to turn to Jesus as our Lord and Savior. From that point on we can develop a relationship with our Heavenly Father and our Savior.
There is no need to wait. He is always ready to listen. All we have to do is call on His name. In calling on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ we become His holy people together with everyone who does so (1 Corinthians 1:2).
Perhaps we will go to church this weekend and meet up with others who call on His name. There we can share our belief in Him, sing His praises, join in corporate prayer to Him, and hear His word taught. Might be a great way to spend part of our weekend.