Meditations on the Psalms #221

Psalm 105 Part 5

This Psalm is about God’s faithfulness to His covenant with Abraham. Israel was the chosen nation only because of this covenant. That’s grace, You and I are “Abraham’s heirs” because of the same covenant, ratified by Jesus, saved by grace alone, through faith alone, without the works of the law (Gal 3:13-39.) Just because we make a commitment to follow Christ does not mean our spiritual journey is complete. Many Christians seem to shut down somewhere along the way. As soon as they get their ticket punched for eternity, they grab an upper berth and go to sleep. But Christians should ever be seeking to know God better. From time to time I have people tell me that they don’t care for all this theology stuff, and my response is that theology is faith seeking understanding. My faith is ever seeking understanding. Paul prayed for believers to “keep on growing in your knowledge and understanding” (Phil 1:9) and desire that Christ would be more and more at home in your hearts. (Eph 3:17NLT.)

While Psalm 105 is about God’s faithfulness, tragically, psalm 106 is about Israel’s failure. From Divine favour, to human failure. No doubt, despite the story of Joseph revisited in this psalm, many Israelites forgot about the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob while they were in Egypt. But that was then, God powerfully invaded the now, through Moses, and so this psalm ends as it began, on a positive note. God is to be praised, even though His people have strayed. He keeps on showing ‘unfailing love.’

If Psalm 105 is about how God Treated Israel, Psalm 106 is about how Israel treated the Lord. It is a hymn of their captivity and the people’s disgrace. Ezra purposefully placed these three psalms in a trilogy. (Psalm 107 is a psalm of the return of the exiles.) 
V44 reminds us that God’s people came into the land by God’s gift, not because of their own efforts merit or goodness. Of course, this is true in a spiritual sense as well. We enter our heavenly home by grace, not by works. (See Romans 4:14;6:23; Eph2:8-9.) Hallelujah! 

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