This is Part 2 of Matt’s thoughts on Psalm 106.  You can read all of Psalm 106 here.

Yesterday we looked at Israel’s history of a downward spiral away from God, because of their forgetfulness of who God is and what He had done in their lives. That forgetfulness led to grumbling and complaining, envy, impatience, unbelief and taking things into their own hands.  You can find that blog entry here.

Today I want to think about the end of Psalm 106.  Specifically, verse 47….

Save us, O Lord our God,
And gather us from among the nations,
To give thanks to Your holy name
And glory in Your praise.

After going through time after time that the Israelite’s had not been faithful to God, the psalmist has the audacity to ask God for another chance for Israel. He asks God to save them again and gather then from among the nations.

This is a pretty big ask considering the clear pattern of behavior that has just been demonstrated.

Where does the psalmist get the boldness to ask this?

I think it comes from 2 things mentioned in the verses below.

Verse 6

We have sinned like our fathers,
We have committed iniquity, we have behaved wickedly.

Verse 43-46

Many times He would deliver them;
They, however, were rebellious in their counsel,
And so sank down in their iniquity.

Nevertheless He looked upon their distress
When He heard their cry;
And He remembered His covenant for their sake,
And relented according to the greatness of His lovingkindness.
He also made them objects of compassion
In the presence of all their captors.

I think the psalmists boldness comes first from fact that he is owning his own sin.  In verse 6 he doesn’t blame anyone else he says, “We have sinned, we have behaved wickedly just like the people that have gone before us.” He then works his way through the history of how the Israelite people have offended God with their sin as a way of saying, “God, we’re just like them.”

Secondly, I think his boldness comes from remembering who God is and how God has acted in the past. Even though Israel was sinking down in their own sin (vs. 43), God looked upon their distress and heard their cry! Even though they were rebellious, God remembered His covenant, He relented according to the greatness of His lovingkindness, He made them objects of compassion!

What great news this is!  It is the gospel lived out hundreds of years before Christ!  Even when Israel was dead in their trespasses and sins, God heard their cry!  But God demonstrates his own lovingkindness towards Israel, in that while they were yet sinners, He remembered His covenant, He made them objects of compassion!

So, again, if you find yourself on a downward spiral way from God (see yesterday’s post), examine your life.  If there is sin, own it before the Lord and then BOLDLY ask God to remember the covenant He made with the world through Christ and make you an object of compassion!

Ask Him to bring you back into a close relationship with Him that you may give Him thanks and glory and praise.
(That is part of what Israel being gathered back from the nations into the land symbolizes in verse 47.)

God has not changed. This is just the type of request He loves to answer!

{If you have thoughts about this Psalm or any of the others we’re covering this summer, hop on over to our Facebook group,  where we’re hoping to experience conversation and community around the Psalms this summer!

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Matt Meyer grew up in Plattsmouth, NE. He has been involved with Campus Impact since he came to college in 1989 – 4 years as a student, 10 years as a volunteer coach and 13 years in his current role as College Pastor of Spiritual Formation. This summer he looks forward to grilling out, reading and riding his bike every day that he can! He can be reached at mmeyer@lincolnberean.org.