Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Psalm 106:6-14,47-48

We have sinned, even as our ancestors did; we have done wrong and acted wickedly.
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.
Yet he saved them for his name’s sake, to make his mighty power known.
He rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up; he led them through the depths as through a desert.
10 He saved them from the hand of the foe; from the hand of the enemy he redeemed them.
11 The waters covered their adversaries; not one of them survived.
12 Then they believed his promises and sang his praise.

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.

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.

Let all the people say, “Amen!” Praise the Lord.

 

Psalm 105 recounts a history of God with his people, to remember all of God’s wonders, God’s miracles, and the judgments God has made among them. Psalm 106 is about how they have forgotten God’s deeds. They did not remember God’s many kindnesses. They forgot God’s mighty acts in rescuing them from slavery in Egypt; they did not wait for God’s counsel. They gave into their craving. Doesn’t that sum up the human predicament? We forget God. We do not wait for God but rush ahead on our own timetable. We allow temptation to take control of us.

God says, “Remember.” It is amazing to me that though persons with advanced dementia have forgotten many things, they still remember how to say the Lord’s Prayer. These words are imbedded in their soul. God continues to be their rock, their foundation despite the loss of much they once knew. I read this psalm, and I want to remember all that God has done and continues to do for us. I don’t want to forget. I don’t want to stop being grateful and obedient and faithful to the Lord.

For me, this is one of the reasons I want to be diligent in reading scripture every day. Maybe today all I can manage is a few verses from this daily devotional. Some days are really busy; we all have days like that. But reading scripture is how I remember all that God is and does. It keeps me grounded in God’s truth when otherwise I may be tempted to stray.

The psalm ends by asking God to save us. Gather us back from the wastelands where we have gone, so that we may give God thanks and praise God’s holy name. God has done that, for in Jesus Christ we have received grace we do not deserve, and an inheritance being held for us in heaven. Let us cry out with the psalmist, “Praise the Lord,” and Amen.

 

Prayer

Gracious and holy God, you are strong, you are mighty, you rescue us and place us on firm ground where we may stay safe in your arms. Let us praise you each day for our savior, Jesus Christ. Thank you that he offers us righteousness that is not our own, accomplished by his death on the cross. Let us remember and give you all praise and glory, in Christ our Lord. Amen.

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