Psa 106:1 Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures for ever.
Psa 106:2 Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the LORD or fully declare his praise?
Psa 106:3 Blessed are they who maintain justice, who constantly do what is right.
Psa 106:4 Remember me, O LORD, when you show favour to your people, come to my aid when you save them,
Psa 106:5 that I may enjoy the prosperity of your chosen ones, that I may share in the joy of your nation and join your inheritance in giving praise.
Psa 106:6 We have sinned, even as our fathers did; we have done wrong and acted wickedly.
Psa 106:7 When our fathers 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.
Psa 106:8 Yet he saved them for his name’s sake, to make his mighty power known.
‘When he could find no other reason for his mercy he found it in his own glory, and seized the opportunity to display his power. If Israel does not deserve to be saved, yet Pharaoh’s pride needs to be crushed, and therefore Israel shall be delivered. The Lord very jealously guards his own name and honour. It shall never be said of him that he cannot or will not save his people, or that he cannot abate the haughtiness of his defiant foes. This respect unto his own honour ever leads him to deeds of mercy, and hence we may well rejoice that he is a jealous God.’ (Spurgeon)
‘He hath a name suiting every want, every need. Do you need wonders to be wrought for you? His name is Wonderful; look to him so to do, for his name’s sake. Do you need counsel and direction? His name is the Counsellor; cast yourself on him and his name for this. Have you mighty enemies to debate with? His name is the Mighty God; seek that he may exert his power for his name’s sake. Do you need his fatherly pity? His name is the everlasting Father; “As a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.” Plead his pity, for his name’s sake. Do you need peace external, internal, or eternal? His name is the Prince of Peace; seek for his name’s sake, that he may create peace. O sirs, his name is Jehovah-Rophi, the Lord, the healer and physician; seek, for his name’s sake, that he may heal all your diseases. Do you need pardon? His name is Jehovah-Tsidkenu, the Lord our righteousness: seek, for his name’s sake, that he may be merciful to your unrighteousness. Do you need defence and protection? His name is Jehovah-Nissi, the Lord your banner; seek, for his name’s sake, that his banner of love and grace may be spread over you. Do you need provision in extreme want? His name is Jehovah-Jireh, in the mount of the Lord it shall be seen, the Lord will provide. Do you need his presence? His name is Jehovah-Shammah, the Lord is there: Immanuel, God with us: look to him to be with you, for his name’s sake. Do you need audience of prayer? His name is the Hearer of prayer. Do you need strength? His name is the Strength of Israel. Do you need comfort? His name is the Consolation of Israel. Do you need shelter? His name is the City of Refuge. Have you nothing and need all? His name is All in all. Sit down and devise names to your wants and needs, and you Will find he hath a name suitable thereunto; for your supply, he hath wisdom to guide you; and power to keep you; mercy to pity you; truth to shield you; holiness to sanctify you; righteousness to justify you; grace to adorn you; and glory to crown you. Trust in his name, who saves for his name’s sake. – Ralph Erskine, 1685-1752 (Quoted by Spurgeon)
Psa 106:9 He rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up; he led them through the depths as through a desert.
Psa 106:10 He saved them from the hand of the foe; from the hand of the enemy he redeemed them.
Psa 106:11 The waters covered their adversaries; not one of them survived.
Psa 106:12 Then they believed his promises and sang his praise.
Psa 106:13 But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his counsel.
Psa 106:14 In the desert they gave in to their craving; in the wasteland they put God to the test.
Psa 106:15 So he gave them what they asked for, but sent a wasting disease upon them.
Mk 8:36 – ‘What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?’
‘This classic statement of God’s accommodation to man’s self-will, and of the unhappy sequel, refers initially to the disenchantment and disaster of Numbers 11:18–20, 33. But it reveals a pattern which is memorably expressed in the AV: ‘He gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.’ The prodigal son illustrates it; still more, the history of Lot.’ (Kidner)
‘Prayer may be answered in anger and denied in love….When wealth grows with many a man his worldly estate is fatter, but his soul’s state is leaner. To gain silver and lose gold is a poor increase; but to win for the body and lose for the soul is far worse.’ (Spurgeon)
‘In the gratification of their desires, in great temporal success and prosperity, individuals, churches, nations, often forget their dependence on God; lose their sense of the value of spiritual privileges and blessings: are satisfied with their condition; become self-confident and proud, and forfeit the favour of God…Few are the Christian men who can bear continued success in life; few are those who are not injured by it; rare is it that growth in grace keeps pace with uninterrupted worldly prosperity; rare is it that the blessings of earth are so received and employed that they are seen to be a means of grace, and not a hindrance to growth in piety. A man does not know what is best for him when his heart is set on worldly prosperity; and God is more benevolent to men than they are to themselves, in withholding what is so often the object of their intense desire.’ (Barnes)
‘Note, (1.) What is asked in passion is often given in wrath. (2.) Many that fare deliciously every day, and whose bodies are healthful and fat, have, at the same time, leanness in their souls, no love to God, no thankfulness, no appetite to the bread of life, and then the soul must needs be lean. Those wretchedly forget themselves that feast their bodies and starve their souls.’ (MHC)
Psa 106:16 In the camp they grew envious of Moses and of Aaron, who was consecrated to the LORD.
Psa 106:17 The earth opened up and swallowed Dathan; it buried the company of Abiram.
Psa 106:18 Fire blazed among their followers; a flame consumed the wicked.
Psa 106:19 At Horeb they made a calf and worshipped an idol cast from metal.
Psa 106:20 They exchanged their Glory for an image of a bull, which eats grass.
Psa 106:21 They forgot the God who saved them, who had done great things in Egypt,
Psa 106:22 miracles in the land of Ham and awesome deeds by the Red Sea.
Psa 106:23 So he said he would destroy them—had not Moses, his chosen one, stood in the breach before him to keep his wrath from destroying them.
Psa 106:24 Then they despised the pleasant land; they did not believe his promise.
Psa 106:25 They grumbled in their tents and did not obey the LORD.
Psa 106:26 So he swore to them with uplifted hand that he would make them fall in the desert,
Psa 106:27 make their descendants fall among the nations and scatter them throughout the lands.
Psa 106:28 They yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor and ate sacrifices offered to lifeless gods;
Psa 106:29 they provoked the LORD to anger by their wicked deeds, and a plague broke out among them.
Psa 106:30 But Phinehas stood up and intervened, and the plague was checked.
Psa 106:31 This was credited to him as righteousness for endless generations to come.
Psa 106:32 By the waters of Meribah they angered the LORD, and trouble came to Moses because of them;
Psa 106:33 for they rebelled against the Spirit of God, and rash words came from Moses’ lips.
Psa 106:34 They did not destroy the peoples as the LORD had commanded them,
Psa 106:35 but they mingled with the nations and adopted their customs.
Psa 106:36 They worshipped their idols, which became a snare to them.
Psa 106:37 They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons.
Psa 106:38 They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was desecrated by their blood.
Psa 106:39 They defiled themselves by what they did; by their deeds they prostituted themselves.
Psa 106:40 Therefore the LORD was angry with his people and abhorred his inheritance.
Psa 106:41 He handed them over to the nations, and their foes ruled over them.
Psa 106:42 Their enemies oppressed them and subjected them to their power.
Psa 106:43 Many times he delivered them, but they were bent on rebellion and they wasted away in their sin.
Psa 106:44 But he took note of their distress when he heard their cry;
Psa 106:45 for their sake he remembered his covenant and out of his great love he relented.
Psa 106:46 He caused them to be pitied by all who held them captive.
Psa 106:47 Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise.
Psa 106:48 Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Let all the people say, “Amen!” Praise the LORD.