Psalm 106 - Save Us O LORD

INTRODUCTION: The openings verse of this Psalm it the same as 1Chronicles 16:34, and the closing two verses are the same as 1Chronicles 16:35-56. Psalm 105 borrows its first 15 verses from 1 Chronicles 16, verses 8 through 22, and all of the verses in Psalm 96 parallel verses 23 to 33 of that same chapter. Psalm 106 reviews some of the same situations as those in Psalm 105 as the LORD'S was dealing with Israel, but the details differ slightly. These three Psalms, 96, 105, and 106 are all in book four of the Psalms. Psalm 78 in book 3 of the Psalms has another lengthy description of events when the LORD was dealing with Israel, and it contains some very similar passages to ones here in Psalm 106. .

NOTE: Scripture passages are from the American King James Version.


A - THE LORD'S MERCY ENDURES FOREVER

Psalm 106 "1 Praise you the LORD. O give thanks to the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endures for ever. 2 Who can utter the mighty acts of the LORD? who can show forth all his praise? 3 Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that does righteousness at all times. 4 Remember me, O LORD, with the favor that you bore to your people: O visit me with your salvation; 5 That I may see the good of your chosen, that I may rejoice in the gladness of your nation, that I may glory with your inheritance."

COMMENTS: the mercy of the LORD endures forever and therefore is available to all generations, and will never be overcome by the volume of sin that it must cancel for those who turn to the LORD for salvation from the just condemnation of their sin. This should elicit great praise and continual thanksgiving for his immeasurable goodness. Even if our words seemed to be endless, we would not begin to approach any significant description of his mighty acts, or utter sufficient praise to his name. It is a tremendous blessing to strive to keep his judgments and commandments, depending fully upon the righteousness that is found only by being kept by the LORD. My prayer is that you LORD will remember me with the same favor you gave to your chosen nation, providing the blessings of your salvation as you have chosen me despite my many failures. I want to rejoice with the manner of gladness that was displayed when Israel showed thankfulness for the glory of being your inheritance by your grace.


B - WE HAVE SINNED WITH OUR FATHERS

Psalm 106 "6 We have sinned with our fathers, we have committed iniquity, we have done wickedly. 7 Our fathers understood not your wonders in Egypt; they remembered not the multitude of your mercies; but provoked him at the sea, even at the Red sea. 8 Nevertheless he saved them for his name's sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known."

COMMENTS: The Psalmist understood that he had the same tendency toward weak faith leading to sin as did the people of Israel as they came out of Egypt, and we should admit to ourselves and to the LORD that as the case four us . The LORD knew the people would need to see more than the miracles he had performed for them in Egypt. Exodus 13 "17 And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt: 18 But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea: and the children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt."

When Pharaoh pursued them into the wilderness, they demonstrated just how little they trusted the LORD for their protection. Exodus 14 "10 And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out to the LORD. 11 And they said to Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? why have you dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt? 12 Is not this the word that we did tell you in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness. 13 And Moses said to the people, Fear you not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will show to you to day: for the Egyptians whom you have seen to day, you shall see them again no more for ever. 14 The LORD shall fight for you, and you shall hold your peace." Even though they had quickly provoked the LORD by saying they would have been content to have stayed in Egypt to serve Pharaoh. Nevertheless the LORD saved them for his name's sake, that he would make known his mighty power. We most often today do not realize how the LORD is working for our benefit, but more importantly to bring glory to his name.


C - THE LORD REBUKED THE RED SEA

Psalm 106 "9 He rebuked the Red sea also, and it was dried up: so he led them through the depths, as through the wilderness. 10 And he saved them from the hand of him that hated them, and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy. 11 And the waters covered their enemies: there was not one of them left. 12 Then believed they his words; they sang his praise."

COMMENTS: Because of the teaching of Israel from the books of Moses, those who used this Psalm for temple worship could have a full appreciation of this summary of the actual historical events being referenced. Exodus 14 "21 And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. 22 And the children of Israel went into the middle of the sea on the dry ground: and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand, and on their left. ... 28 And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them. 29 But the children of Israel walked on dry land in the middle of the sea; and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand, and on their left. 30 Thus the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the sea shore. 31 And Israel saw that great work which the LORD did on the Egyptians: and the people feared the LORD, and believed the LORD, and his servant Moses." And there was celebration immediately after that event. Exodus 15 "1 Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song to the LORD, and spoke, saying, I will sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider has he thrown into the sea. 2 The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him." What a stunning way for the LORD to protect them from their enemies with absolutely no combat needed by them. The immediate response was praise and worship, not unlike what we might experience when we see in our life a direct blessing from the Lord.


D - BEING SAVED FROM DEATH IN BATTLE DID NOT BRING ABOUT LASTING TRUST

Psalm 106 "13 They soon forgot his works; they waited not for his counsel: 14 But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert. 15 And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul. 16 They envied Moses also in the camp, and Aaron the saint of the LORD. 17 The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan and covered the company of Abiram. 18 And a fire was kindled in their company; the flame burned up the wicked."

COMMENTS: This brief passage in the Psalm covers several repetitions of complaint and outright rebellion against Moses and the LORD. Exodus 15 "22 So Moses brought Israel from the Red sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water. 23 And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah. 24 And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink? 25 And he cried to the LORD; and the LORD showed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them, 26 And said, If you will diligently listen to the voice of the LORD your God, and will do that which is right in his sight, and will give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases on you, which I have brought on the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that heals you." But they again complained.

Exodus 16 "1 And they took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt. 2 And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness: 3 And the children of Israel said to them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for you have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger. 4 Then said the LORD to Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no." Lord Jesus, how often we fail to thank you for the basics of our daily bread, and we forget to forgive those who trespass against us as you have forgiven us.

Did the people think that the LORD was only able to supply water to this huge congregation in the wilderness one time? Exodus 17 "1 And all the congregation of the children of Israel journeyed from the wilderness of Sin, after their journeys, according to the commandment of the LORD, and pitched in Rephidim: and there was no water for the people to drink. 2 Why the people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said to them, Why chide you with me? why do you tempt the LORD? 3 And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured against Moses, and said, Why is this that you have brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst? 4 And Moses cried to the LORD, saying, What shall I do to this people? they be almost ready to stone me. 5 And the LORD said to Moses, Go on before the people, and take with you of the elders of Israel; and your rod, with which you smote the river, take in your hand, and go. 6 Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock in Horeb; and you shall smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel. 7 And he called the name of the place Massah, and Meribah, because of the chiding of the children of Israel, and because they tempted the LORD, saying, Is the LORD among us, or not?" How often do we question whether the LORD is still with us when our particular "thirst" seems to be at a panic level?

Now we approach an issue of the people wanting some of what they had as slaves, because they were not satisfied to have basic food and drink miraculously supplied to them as freed people. Do we who are chosen by God for his kingdom, ever have the desire for the pleasures that were available to us while we were still slaves to sin? There is a price to be paid. Numbers 11 "31 And there went forth a wind from the LORD, and brought quails from the sea, and let them fall by the camp, as it were a day's journey on this side, and as it were a day's journey on the other side, round about the camp, and as it were two cubits high on the face of the earth. 32 And the people stood up all that day, and all that night, and all the next day, and they gathered the quails: he that gathered least gathered ten homers: and they spread them all abroad for themselves round about the camp. 33 And while the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the LORD was kindled against the people, and the LORD smote the people with a very great plague. 34 And he called the name of that place Kibrothhattaavah: because there they buried the people that lusted."

The rejection of Moses was a rejection of God, and it is similar to the rejection of Jesus Christ as the Son of God. Numbers 16 "1 Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men: 2 And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown: 3 And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said to them, You take too much on you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them: why then lift you up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD? 4 And when Moses heard it, he fell on his face: 5 And he spoke to Korah and to all his company, saying, Even to morrow the LORD will show who are his, and who is holy; and will cause him to come near to him: even him whom he has chosen will he cause to come near to him. 6 This do; Take you censers, Korah, and all his company; 7 And put fire therein, and put incense in them before the LORD to morrow: and it shall be that the man whom the LORD does choose, he shall be holy: you take too much on you, you sons of Levi. ... 29 If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men; then the LORD has not sent me. 30 But if the LORD make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain to them, and they go down quick into the pit; then you shall understand that these men have provoked the LORD. 31 And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground split asunder that was under them: 32 And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained to Korah, and all their goods. 33 They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed on them: and they perished from among the congregation. 34 And all Israel that were round about them fled at the cry of them: for they said, Lest the earth swallow us up also. 35 And there came out a fire from the LORD, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered incense." It is very important to remember the events that are called to mind by verses 13 through 18 of Psalm 106.


E - AARON ALLOWED WORSHIP OF A MOLTEN CALF

Psalm 106 "19 They made a calf in Horeb, and worshipped the molten image. 20 Thus they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox that eats grass. 21 They forgot God their savior, which had done great things in Egypt; 22 Wondrous works in the land of Ham, and terrible things by the Red sea. 23 Therefore he said that he would destroy them, had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the breach, to turn away his wrath, lest he should destroy them."

COMMENTS: Even Aaron, the older brother of Moses who had previously stood with Moses when the people rebelled against the LORD, succumbed to their demands and acted foolishly. God revealed the heinous worship to Moses before he entered the camp, and Moses begged the LORD to show the people mercy for the sake of the LORD's great name. Exodus 32 "7 And the LORD said to Moses, Go, get you down; for your people, which you brought out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves: 8 They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These be your gods, O Israel, which have brought you up out of the land of Egypt. 9 And the LORD said to Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiff necked people: 10 Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of you a great nation. 11 And Moses sought the LORD his God, and said, LORD, why does your wrath wax hot against your people, which you have brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty hand? 12 Why should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from your fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against your people. 13 Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, to whom you swore by your own self, and said to them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will I give to your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever. 14 And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do to his people. 15 And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, and the two tables of the testimony were in his hand: the tables were written on both their sides; on the one side and on the other were they written. 16 And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven on the tables. 17 And when Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said to Moses, There is a noise of war in the camp. 18 And he said, It is not the voice of them that shout for mastery, neither is it the voice of them that cry for being overcome: but the noise of them that sing do I hear. 19 And it came to pass, as soon as he came near to the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses' anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and broke them beneath the mount. 20 And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire, and ground it to powder, and strewed it on the water, and made the children of Israel drink of it. 21 And Moses said to Aaron, What did this people to you, that you have brought so great a sin on them? 22 And Aaron said, Let not the anger of my lord wax hot: you know the people, that they are set on mischief. 23 For they said to me, Make us gods, which shall go before us: for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we know not what is become of him. 24 And I said to them, Whoever has any gold, let them break it off. So they gave it me: then I cast it into the fire, and there came out this calf. 25 And when Moses saw that the people were naked; (for Aaron had made them naked to their shame among their enemies:) 26 Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the LORD's side? let him come to me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together to him. 27 And he said to them, Thus said the LORD God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbor. 28 And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men. 29 For Moses had said, Consecrate yourselves today to the LORD, even every man on his son, and on his brother; that he may bestow on you a blessing this day." How hard it is to break away from dishonoring habit patterns even when we have been shown a better way by the Word of God.


F - PHINEHAS EXECUTED JUDGMENT WITH ZEAL FOR THE LORD

Psalm 106 "24 Yes, they despised the pleasant land, they believed not his word: 25 But murmured in their tents, and listened not to the voice of the LORD. 26 Therefore he lifted up his hand against them, to overthrow them in the wilderness: 27 To overthrow their seed also among the nations, and to scatter them in the lands. 28 They joined themselves also to Baalpeor, and ate the sacrifices of the dead. 29 Thus they provoked him to anger with their inventions: and the plague broke in on them. 30 Then stood up Phinehas, and executed judgment: and so the plague was stayed. 31 And that was counted to him for righteousness to all generations for ever more."

COMMENTS: As Israel was nearing the Promised Land, they again fell into idol worship, this time with the Moabites. Numbers 25 "1 And Israel stayed in Shittim, and the people began to commit prostitution with the daughters of Moab. 2 And they called the people to the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods. 3 And Israel joined himself to Baalpeor: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel. 4 And the LORD said to Moses, Take all the heads of the people, and hang them up before the LORD against the sun, that the fierce anger of the LORD may be turned away from Israel. 5 And Moses said to the judges of Israel, Slay you every one his men that were joined to Baalpeor. 6 And, behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought to his brothers a Midianitish woman in the sight of Moses, and in the sight of all the congregation of the children of Israel, who were weeping before the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. 7 And when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose up from among the congregation, and took a javelin in his hand; 8 And he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her belly. So the plague was stayed from the children of Israel. 9 And those that died in the plague were twenty and four thousand. 10 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 11 Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, has turned my wrath away from the children of Israel, while he was zealous for my sake among them, that I consumed not the children of Israel in my jealousy. 12 Why say, Behold, I give to him my covenant of peace: 13 And he shall have it, and his seed after him, even the covenant of an everlasting priesthood; because he was zealous for his God, and made an atonement for the children of Israel." The action taken by this grandson of Aaron was credited by the LORD as a key to the atonement that stayed the wrath of the LORD from further judgment after 24,000 had died for their blatant sin before God.


G - MOSES DID NOT ENTER THE PROMISED LAND

Psalm 106 "32 They angered him also at the waters of strife, so that it went ill with Moses for their sakes: 33 Because they provoked his spirit, so that he spoke unadvisedly with his lips. 34 They did not destroy the nations, concerning whom the LORD commanded them: 35 But were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works. 36 And they served their idols: which were a snare to them. 37 Yes, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters to devils, 38 And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood. 39 Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions."

COMMENTS: Moses reached a point when he finally spoke rashly before the LORD as he showed more concern for the disrespect of the people toward himself rather than making sure the glory was given to the LORD. If this man who was so highly spoken of by the LORD was thus prevented from entering the Promised Land, how can we complain about earthly blessings that are withheld from us when we fail the LORD? Numbers 20 "7 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 8 Take the rod, and gather you the assembly together, you, and Aaron your brother, and speak you to the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and you shall bring forth to them water out of the rock: so you shall give the congregation and their beasts drink. 9 And Moses took the rod from before the LORD, as he commanded him. 10 And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said to them, Hear now, you rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock? 11 And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also. 12 And the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, Because you believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them. 13 This is the water of Meribah; because the children of Israel strove with the LORD, and he was sanctified in them."

The historical record in Numbers explains why Moses could not enter the Promised Land. It is referenced in verses 32 and 33 of Psalm 106, though it happened before the zealous actions of Phinehas. After Moses died, Joshua led the people across the Jordan and had much succession battle against the inhabitants. But after his death, there were repeated cycles of unfaithfulness to the LORD, as the people of Israel spiraled down into pagan idolatry that was at times indistinguishable from the inhabitants of the land that they should have destroyed as the LORD had commanded.


H - THE LORD GAVE HIS PEOPLE INTO THE HANDS OF THE HEATHEN

Psalm 106 "40 Therefore was the wrath of the LORD kindled against his people, so that he abhorred his own inheritance. 41 And he gave them into the hand of the heathen; and they that hated them ruled over them. 42 Their enemies also oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their hand. 43 Many times did he deliver them; but they provoked him with their counsel, and were brought low for their iniquity. 44 Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry: 45 And he remembered for them his covenant, and repented according to the multitude of his mercies. 46 He made them also to be pitied of all those that carried them captives. 47 Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us from among the heathen, to give thanks to your holy name, and to triumph in your praise. 48 Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise you the LORD."

COMMENTS: Even though the righteousness of the LORD required that he give Israel over to domination by their enemies because of their own idol worship, his mercy was never exhausted. The LORD provided judges who gained victories by his might, which resulted in interspersed periods of peace in various sections of Israel over several hundred years until David was anointed by Samuel to succeed Saul as king, and to unite the tribes of Israel with victories over the enemies around them. When King David brought the Ark of the Covenant into Israel he led all the people in a dedication, and the concluding verses of Psalm 106 were part of that ceremony. The following passage gives the close of that historical event. 1 Chronicles 16 "34 O give thanks to the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endures for ever. 35 And say you, Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to your holy name, and glory in your praise. 36 Blessed be the LORD God of Israel for ever and ever. And all the people said, Amen, and praised the LORD. 37 So he left there before the ark of the covenant of the LORD Asaph and his brothers, to minister before the ark continually, as every day's work required: 38 And Obededom with their brothers, three score and eight; Obededom also the son of Jeduthun and Hosah to be porters: 39 And Zadok the priest, and his brothers the priests, before the tabernacle of the LORD in the high place that was at Gibeon, 40 To offer burnt offerings to the LORD on the altar of the burnt offering continually morning and evening, and to do according to all that is written in the law of the LORD, which he commanded Israel; 41 And with them Heman and Jeduthun, and the rest that were chosen, who were expressed by name, to give thanks to the LORD, because his mercy endures for ever; 42 And with them Heman and Jeduthun with trumpets and cymbals for those that should make a sound, and with musical instruments of God. And the sons of Jeduthun were porters. 43 And all the people departed every man to his house: and David returned to bless his house."


--- REFLECTIONS IN PRAYER ---

Lord, there is so much to be learned from this Psalm. I believe that your mercy endures down through all generations, and that by your mercy you have remembered me with the blessing of your salvation. Thank you LORD, that I have the privilege of sharing in the gladness of your chosen nation; and that I may give you all the glory because you chose me to be part of your eternal inheritance. Before the psalmist began to review events that took place in earlier generations, he confessed before the LORD of his own sin, and I want to make my own confession before you of my sinned. Israel did not remember the multitude of your mercies in Egypt, but provoked the LORD at the Red Sea with their fear and disbelief as the Egyptian army drew near. But you saved them without them lifting a hand, and you did that for the sake of your own great name. How many times have you provided for me LORD when my resources were inadequate, and I did not demonstrate my trust until afterward? Such was the case as Israel praised and celebrated only after the destruction of the Egyptians.

There were many people in the general congregation of Israel who had difficulty forsaking the bondage from which they were freed, because they longed for some of the enjoyment it had provided. As congregations develop in the local churches today, there is still this element of people who may have a similar attitude because they have not accepted by faith, the change that must take place in their heart and lives. May your Spirit work in me LORD, so that will not be true of me. The grumbling and discontent developed within Israel to the point that many leaders in the wilderness community were destroyed for the sake of preserving those who might have otherwise followed them. Even Aaron allowed the people to set up an idol to worship, reflecting their desire to return to their slavery to sin. Moses begged the LORD to show the people mercy for the sake of the LORD's great name. LORD, I want to have that same motivation in my heart as did Moses, whenever I ask for mercy for myself or for someone else, that all glory will be to your name.

When Israel had won battle victories through the LORD as they approached the Promised Land, they began to mingle with nations they had not been commanded to destroy. They easily fell into practices that are abhorred by the LORD. The LORD commended Phinehas after he had taken very strong steps to execute judgment to stop these activities by the offenders. The many repetitions of rebellion to your authority LORD finally provoked even Moses in his spirit, so that he spoke unadvisedly with his lips when he should have glorified the LORD. Knowing that one who is so loved by you LORD, would be prevented from entering the earthly Promised Land, I ask that your Holy Spirit would have control over my spirit to keep my mouth in check. I believe LORD that Christians are already part of your Kingdom through the presence of your Holy Spirit within each one, but we must continually look toward the eternal reward. You have blessed nations whose God is the LORD, and your mercy is always available when the people call to you from their heart. You allow devastating events in nations when your wrath is kindled against sin, as when Israel's sin caused you to abhor your own inheritance. But you will always remember your covenant and act according to your unlimited mercy.

I want to make the close of this psalm my own prayer to the Savior of each one who now believes on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation of our soul by grace through faith. Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us from among the unbelievers, to give thanks to your holy name, and to triumph in your praise. Blessed be the LORD God of Israel ,and of those grafted into the true vine, from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise the LORD!

Published 22 July 2013