1 Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
2 Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the LORD or fully declare his praise?
3 Blessed are they who maintain justice, who constantly do what is right.
4 Remember me, O LORD, when you show favor to your people, come to my aid when you save them,
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.
6 We have sinned, even as our fathers did; we have done wrong and acted wickedly.
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.
8 Yet he saved them for his name's sake, to make his mighty power known.
9 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.
Do What Is Right (106:1–5)
This psalm exalts God, giving thanks for His goodness and love. He has done many mighty acts and is worthy of the highest praise. Yet, the Israelites have not always been faithful to Him. Those who act rightly are blessed, but those who sin against Him face the consequences of their actions. Instead of continuing in our sin, may we repent and humbly turn back to the Lord. May we recognize the favor and grace that He desires to give us, and act justly and do what is right. As we live according to His standards, we can reflect more of the character of Christ and share in the joy of being a part of His people.
- Who around you acts justly and does what is right? What changes do you need to make in your life to demonstrate more of these characteristics?
Learn from the Past (106:6–12)
When we look at history, we can learn from the mistakes of those who have gone before us, but we see in this passage that the Israelites failed to do this. They did not remember God’s great works, and they rebelled against Him and acted wickedly just as their ancestors had done. Despite their sin, God responded with an unexpected act of grace. He saved and redeemed them, and He destroyed their enemies. Let us learn from Israel’s shortcomings and not repeat the sins of the past. May we keep our eyes fixed on God and offer our sincerest praise to Him as we believe in the promises and blessings that He has for us.
- What sins have you committed in the past? How can you keep your eyes fixed on Him so that you do not repeat your past mistakes?
A letter to God
Dear Lord, thank you that I am not a prisoner of the past. Help me to learn from my mistakes and keep my eyes fixed on You. In Christ’s name. Amen.
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