His Love Amazes Me!
Do you want a dose of reality? Psalm 106! It’s a quick rundown of Israel’s history- a big portion of the Old Testament wrapped up in four columns. By reading this condensed version of Israel’s dealings with Jehovah, you and I see more clearly what God endures in His covenant of love. Do not be dismayed by our human nature displayed in this brief writing. Stay with the post to the end and relish its sweet reward!
- After witnessing miracles while held captive in Egypt, the Israelites still feared and distrusted God when it seemed the Egyptian army had closed in on them at the Red Sea.
- Forgetting God’s miraculous hand at the Red Sea, they whined about their unsatisfied cravings and considered their former captivity a better state than the current freedom.
- The children of Israel grew jealous of their leaders.
- They worshiped a created thing instead of the God who saved them.
- The Israelites distrusted the power of God to bring them into the pleasant land. They grumbled that the enemy was too strong for them.
- They worshiped lifeless gods.
- They shed innocent blood of their sons and daughters by sacrificing them to the idols of Canaan.
- God allowed enemies to overcome them in their rebellion but rescued them again and again from their state of misery.
And some of the most beautiful words in Scripture…
“…for their sake He remembered His covenant and out of His great love He relented” (Psalm 106:45).
O, the love of the Father in heaven! Yes, God allowed serious consequences to be dealt with as a result of the rebellious ways of His people, but He never wiped them out from the earth. His covenant of love remains.
Notice how quickly the Israelites went into a state of self-sufficiency, even after God displayed His unmatched power among them. Why did they (and why do we) do that? It is our human condition to forget.
What are we to do?
Keep rehearsing the mighty hand of God at work in your life. Go back and revisit the ways He kept you in spite of your choosing a path of self-destruction. Remember the prayers He answered – the way He exceeded your expectations. Write a record of the miracles you have witnessed beginning with your heart of stone being replaced by a heart of flesh. Start a blog, for goodness sake, but do not allow the human condition of forgetfulness to take over your precious soul. You will know you’re under its influence if you are quick to complain and if the attitude of gratitude is absent from your thoughts and speech!
Psalm 106 closes with this prayer: “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. Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Let all the people say, ‘Amen!’ Praise the Lord” (47-48).
With a grateful heart,