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March 26, 2020

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
New American Standard Bible for 2020

Text: Ruth
Audio: Ruth

Psalm 106 (ESV)

Praise the Lord!
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
    for his steadfast love endures forever!
Who can utter the mighty deeds of the Lord,
    or declare all his praise?
Blessed are they who observe justice,
    who do righteousness at all times!

Remember me, O Lord, when you show favor to your people;
    help me when you save them,
that I may look upon the prosperity of your chosen ones,
    that I may rejoice in the gladness of your nation,
    that I may glory with your inheritance.

Both we and our fathers have sinned;
    we have committed iniquity; we have done wickedness.
Our fathers, when they were in Egypt,
    did not consider your wondrous works;
they did not remember the abundance of your steadfast love,
    but rebelled by the sea, at the Red Sea.
Yet he saved them for his name’s sake,
    that he might make known his mighty power.
He rebuked the Red Sea, and it became dry,
    and he led them through the deep as through a desert.
10 So he saved them from the hand of the foe
    and redeemed them from the power of the enemy.
11 And the waters covered their adversaries;
    not one of them was left.
12 Then they believed his words;
    they sang his praise.

13 But they soon forgot his works;
    they did not wait for his counsel.
14 But they had a wanton craving in the wilderness,
    and put God to the test in the desert;
15 he gave them what they asked,
    but sent a wasting disease among them.

16 When men in the camp were jealous of Moses
    and Aaron, the holy one of the Lord,
17 the earth opened and swallowed up Dathan,
    and covered the company of Abiram.
18 Fire also broke out in their company;
    the flame burned up the wicked.

19 They made a calf in Horeb
    and worshiped a metal image.
20 They exchanged the glory of God
    for the image of an ox that eats grass.
21 They forgot God, their Savior,
    who had done great things in Egypt,
22 wondrous works in the land of Ham,
    and awesome deeds by the Red Sea.
23 Therefore he said he would destroy them—
    had not Moses, his chosen one,
stood in the breach before him,
    to turn away his wrath from destroying them.

24 Then they despised the pleasant land,
    having no faith in his promise.
25 They murmured in their tents,
    and did not obey the voice of the Lord.
26 Therefore he raised his hand and swore to them
    that he would make them fall in the wilderness,
27 and would make their offspring fall among the nations,
    scattering them among the lands.

28 Then they yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor,
    and ate sacrifices offered to the dead;
29 they provoked the Lord to anger with their deeds,
    and a plague broke out among them.
30 Then Phinehas stood up and intervened,
    and the plague was stayed.
31 And that was counted to him as righteousness
    from generation to generation forever.

32 They angered him at the waters of Meribah,
    and it went ill with Moses on their account,
33 for they made his spirit bitter,
    and he spoke rashly with his lips.

34 They did not destroy the peoples,
    as the Lord commanded them,
35 but they mixed with the nations
    and learned to do as they did.
36 They served their idols,
    which became a snare to them.
37 They sacrificed their sons
    and their daughters to the demons;
38 they poured out innocent blood,
    the blood of their sons and daughters,
whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan,
    and the land was polluted with blood.
39 Thus they became unclean by their acts,
    and played the whore in their deeds.

40 Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against his people,
    and he abhorred his heritage;
41 he gave them into the hand of the nations,
    so that those who hated them ruled over them.
42 Their enemies oppressed them,
    and they were brought into subjection under their power.
43 Many times he delivered them,
    but they were rebellious in their purposes
    and were brought low through their iniquity.

44 Nevertheless, he looked upon their distress,
    when he heard their cry.
45 For their sake he remembered his covenant,
    and relented according to the abundance of his steadfast love.
46 He caused them to be pitied
    by all those who held them captive.

47 Save us, O Lord our God,
    and gather us from among the nations,
that we may give thanks to your holy name
    and glory in your praise.

48 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
    from everlasting to everlasting!
And let all the people say, “Amen!”
    Praise the Lord!

English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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  1. Both we and our fathers have sinned;
        we have committed iniquity; we have done wickedness (Psalm 106:6)

    How Do We View Ourselves and View God?

    Today's psalm, among other things, points to the mercy and grace of God towards sinful people. In what has become a somewhat taboo subject in many churches, our sin (not only what we do but who we are) is highlighted throughout Scripture. It's not a topic that is occasionally mentioned in the Bible but is a repeated reminder throughout the pages of Holy Writ.

    When the psalmist acknowledges the sinfulness of God's people both in the past and present (Psalm 106:6), we are reminded (as we are often) of God delivering His people from slavery in Egypt. 

    And yet, Psalm 106:7 says . . . 

    "Our fathers, when they were in Egypt,
        did not consider your wondrous works;
    they did not remember the abundance of your steadfast love,
        but rebelled by the sea, at the Red Sea."

    We then see God's response . . .

    "Yet he saved them for his name's sake,
        that he might make known his mighty power.
    9 He rebuked the Red Sea, and it became dry,
        and he led them through the deep as through a desert.
    10 So he saved them from the hand of the foe
        and redeemed them from the power of the enemy.
    11 And the waters covered their adversaries;
        not one of them was left" (Psalm 106:8-11).

    Even though Psalm 106:12 says, "Then they believed his words; they sang his praise," these praises were short-lived as Israel again . . . 

    Soon forgot His works (Psalm 106:13)
    They did not wait for His counsel (Psalm 106:13)
    They had a wanton craving in the wilderness Soon forgot His works (Psalm 106:14)
    They put God to the test in the desert (Psalm 106:14)

    Although God gave them what they asked, it came at a cost as God "sent a wasting disease among them" (Psalm 106:15).

    After a long list of specific sins Israel committed against God (and God's response) in Psalm 106:16-42, we learn . . .

    Many times God delivered them (Psalm 106:43)
    God looked upon their distress (Psalm 106:44)
    He remembered His covenant (Psalm 106:45)
    He relented according to His steadfast love (Psalm 106:45)
    He caused them to be pitied by those who held them captive (Psalm 106:46)

    The psalm ends with a plea that God's people who have been scattered would once again be gathered together in Israel.

    If you watch programming labeled as Christian on TV, listen to songs on popular Christian radio stations, or visit churches who identify themselves as being Christian, you will be hard-pressed to find a sermon or song that resembles this psalm. Most sermons today are simply pep talks with Bible verses sprinkled in between a mixture of psychology and motivational speaking. Very few songs written today ever mention God's justice against sinful people let along God sending wasting decease among His people or destroying people because of jealousy (Psalm 106:16-18).

    But the more biblical we become in our thinking by consuming God's Word and hiding it in our hearts (Psalm 119:11), the more these skewed views of God and His Word will stand out to us. While these unbiblical messages and songs may appeal to our ungodly desires, emotions and self-centeredness, we do not want to conformed to these worldly thoughts and false interpretations of the character of God.

    Instead, we need to "be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect" (Romans 12:2). We are transformed by the renewing of our minds by God's Word and the Holy Spirit's work to conform us to the image of Christ (Romans 8:29).

    Only then we will see ourselves for who we really are. 

    Only then will we begin to understand how profound God's grace and mercy really is.

    Only then will we realize how just God's judgment and wrath is. 

    ~ Puritan Prayers ~

    "A Prayer for My Neighborhood" by Philip Doddridge

    "May God’s grace visit all who suffer loss, and may your compassionate eye regard them where they live. May your providence cement, strengthen, and adorn them. For unless the Lord builds the city, they labor in vain who build it.

    May the candle of the Lord shine on them, and your Spirit enlighten and renew their souls. May peace and prosperity, friendship and faith always flourish in this neighborhood and city. Fill my neighbors’ troubles with compassion, Lord, so they may exchange joy for mourning, and beauty for ashes. So that those who lament may rejoice with you, and that at length you may share with them the security and joy of the city of God, the heavenly Jerusalem, where no flames will be felt except those of love."

    (Excerpt taken from Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans)

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