A Season of Psalms - Psalm 106:44-48
“Nevertheless, he looked upon their distress, when he heard their cry. For their sake he remembered his covenant, and relented according to the abundance of his steadfast love. He caused them to be pitied by all those who held them captive. 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. 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)
I have to confess…in the same year (a long time ago, I might add) I forgot my wife’s birthday and our anniversary. It was an oversight that I have not been allowed to forget, nor will I ever live it down. However, some good did come of it: First, I was allowed to live! Second, my recompense for my forgetfulness led to the adoption of our dog Twinkie, who was a huge part of our family before our first child was born. In fact, you could say she was our child before our daughter came along. She was a faithful dog who never strayed, who never left, and was always glad when we returned home.
If Psalm 105 is a summary of God’s faithfulness, then Book Four of the Psalter concludes with Psalm 106, a tale of man’s faithlessness stretching from the exodus to the Babylonian captivity. It echoes the familiar patterns of sin and deliverance that are found in the book of Judges. Israel would sin, God would rescue. Despite all of our wickedness and forgetfulness, God doesn’t abandon His people. In fact, He knows us pretty well, better than we know ourselves. He knows your name and your every thought. He knows what’s in your heart and on your mind. He knows your struggles, your fears, your doubts, your worries, your anxieties. He knows it all, and He still cares for you. He sees each tear that falls, and He hears when we call. In Isaiah 49:15-16, God says, “Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands…” His steadfast (patient, enduring, persevering) love endures forever despite our shortcomings.
Because of God’s great love…because of His grace…we are not forgotten. Though the world may turn against us, He never will. Through Him we have been raised from death to life; our hearts are unchained and set free in Christ! And we can cry “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. And let all the people say ‘Amen! Praise the Lord!’”
Further Reading: Hosea 14; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8
Pray with me:
Breath of God, breathe on me and fill me with life anew, that I may love who You love, and do what You would do. Spirit of the living God, fall fresh on me. I pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.