Recently, as I read Psalm 106, I was struck by the interaction between God and the Israelites. I began to diagram it out and I was stunned. Stunned at the way God kept trying to get the attention of Israel in spite of their flagrant forgetfulness and rebellion. In the end, God remembered His covenant and caused captors to show mercy. In spite of all the failures. (Narrative is in black, God’s actions are in green, Israel’s actions are in red, and appropriate responses of Israel are in blue.) (photo by author)
Most of my chart was in red. What all do you see Israel doing? Their actions and choices caused them to miss out on the purpose God had for them. He wanted to bless them so they could be a blessing to others. (Genesis 12:1-3)
How did Israel manage to miss what God had?
Israel’s iniquity or perverted choices condemned them, not God.
Did not remember all God had done for them or His unfailing love.
Did not wait for His plan or trust Him.
Envied leaders and started an uprising.
Made idol and called it god.
Despised the land God gave them, didn’t believe God would help them take possession of it, grumbled.
Formally joined themselves to idols and worshipped them.
Doubted God’s provision.
Rebelled against convicting Spirit of God.
Didn’t destroy the nations that were turning them from God.
Sank further and further into wickedness until they actually abhorred the land God gave them and the blessings.
Wow. Abhor is a strong word.
What was the result?
Leanness of soul (the thoughts, emotions and ability to choose). Weak, frail, lacking in strength to go forward, skimpy, emaciated souls. A soul broken and filled with wounds. Life driven by emotional responses rather than God’s word.
What can we remember so we avoid such consequences?
Don’t forget what the LORD has spoken. Through His Word or to you as you pray. (Deuteronomy 1:21)
He will never fail us or forsake us; He is with us in this COVID season and wherever we go. (Deuteronomy 31:8, Joshua 1:9)
He is greater than the “enemies” we face; whether they are the stresses of going to work or school or not going to church, stresses financially, stresses on our health, or the loneliness and isolation, or the politics and division. The battle is not ours but His and He is more than able to win it. (2 Chronicles, 20:15, 17)
The one with us is greater than the “enemies” we face. (2 Chronicles 32:7, 1 John 4:4)
- We can choose the opposite actions from Psalm 106.
- Remember what God has done before.
- Remember His unfailing love for us; it enables us to more than conquer! (Romans 8:37)
- Don’t reject God’s Word, but rely on it. Believe His promises.
- Check our hearts for idols of thought and decide to trust God’s thought instead.
- Know that His promises are always true.
44 But he took note of their distress when he heard their cry; 45 for their sake he remembered his covenant and out of his great love he relented. . . . 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. 48 Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Let all the people say, “Amen!” Praise the LORD. Psalm 106:44-48 (NIV)
Carol Boggess, author and speaker at A Healing Journey
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