If you’re following the schedule, you should read these chapters today: Deuteronomy 19, Psalm 106, Isaiah 46, Revelation 16. Click on any of those references to see all the passages in one long page on BibleGateway. If you can't do all the readings today, read Psalm 106.
We don’t know much about the background of Psalm 106, but verse 47’s “Save us, Lord our God, and gather us from the nations…” indicates that it was written while God’s people were in exile in Babylon. The songwriter of this Psalm begins by giving thanks and praise to the Lord (vv. 1-2) then calling on the Lord to remember him “ when you show favor to your people, come to my aid when you save them, that I may enjoy the prosperity of your chosen ones, that I may share in the joy of your nation and join your inheritance in giving praise” (vv. 4-5). He writes as a man who believes the Lord’s promise and anticipates the Lord’s deliverance and wants to be included in this blessing. Starting in verse 6 the songwriter rehearsed Israel’s history and noted how often God saved his people only to have them sin against him again and again. In the middle of these eras of mass unbelief and disobedience there were men who were willing to stand alone and do right. Moses, of course, is remembered for this (v. 23) as is Phinehas (vv. 30-31). Maybe the songwriter sees this Psalm of national confession as his attempt to stand for God like Moses & Phinehas did by appealing to God’s mercy in a time of unbelief and judgement for he ends the song by writing, “Save us, 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.”
Although God has made no promises to our nation like he did to national Israel, God’s ways tend to transcend historical times and circumstances. Although there is much unbelief and disobedience—even among professing Christians—in our land, maybe God will have mercy on us if we confess our sins and the sins of our nation and are willing to stand between the disobedience around us and the justice of God above us. Are we willing to stand alone (or be a small minority) because we are standing on what is right or will we acquiesce to the culture around us? This is the challenge today’s reading leaves for me. What about you? What stood out in your Bible reading for today? What questions do you have about what you read? What are your thoughts about what I wrote above? Post them in the comments below or on our Facebook page. And, feel free to answer and interact with the questions and comments of others. Have a great day; we'll talk scripture again tomorrow.