Psalm 106 Rehearsing the Past for the Glory of the Future

“For I, the LORD, do not change;
Therefore you, O Sons of Jacob,
are not consumed.”

Malachi 3:6

Read Psalm 106

Training a Nation to Remember that Faithless Hearts
Need a Good God

Oh He is good.
He has been good.
He has promised good.
He does good.
God is good and does good and your whole history declares it.
So one of our number
an anonymous poet,
a called-by-God prophet
sat down to write a psalm of praise.

A psalm rehearsing history.
Preserving the collective memory.
Keeping the facts straight.
Reminding Israel that it was not Him who strayed.
Making sure the nation didn’t forget its duplicity
and complaining,
and mumbling,
and grumbling,
and stumbling into
and disobedience,

and ungratefulness,
and forgetfulness,
and thanklessness,
its craving of everything but Him and
seeking satisfaction in everything other than Him.
Our nation turned to idolatry,
and falseness and faithlessness,
and shallowness, and form without substance,
and carelessness ruled our
self-righteousness and self-indulgent hearts.
And then it got worse. 
All our unfaithfulness to You begat children.

Violence and deception and immorality
crept into our lives and polluted the nation.
So You turned Your love into discipline that seemed harsh
but was actually the velveted paw of the Lion of Judah, 
Though we provoked Him,
though we were rebellious,
though we spoke rashly,
though we served other gods,
surrendered to lesser passions,
even (GOD forgive us), sacrificed our children
on the altar of prosperity—did all this and worse,
You did not abandon us or forget us.
Instead, You pursued us and called us and loved us all the more.
Nevertheless we were thick-headed, dull of heart, 
like pieces of granite,
insensate and unresponsive, brittle and easily broken,
shattered into hollow flesh pieced together with ineffective tape.
And yet You kept Your covenant
and sent the Savior from the tribe of Judah
to bless the world with the gospel.
You remembered Your covenant
and released the kindness of Your love
and made Israel the object of Your mercy.
You reminded the nation that she was Yours
so that they would not forget
and lift their voices in hallelujah praises
from everlasting to everlasting.
And we, the wild vine, grafted into Israel’s promises,
chosen and redeemed by the Lamb 
who takes away the sins of the world,
we bow down and worship You with Israel’s
anonymous poet’s words:
“Praise the LORD!
Oh give thanks to the LORD for He is good; 
For his lovingkindness is everlasting.”

Go to Psalm 107.

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