Wednesday Morning Meditation – Psalms
Nevertheless He regarded their affliction, when He heard their cry; and for their sake He remembered His covenant, and relented according to the multitude of His mercies. He also made them to be pitied by all those who carried them away captive. Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the Gentiles, to give thanks to Your holy name, to triumph in Your praise. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting! And let all the people say, “Amen!” Praise the Lord! (Psalm 106:44-48)
The Multitude Of Our Sins Does Not Diminish The Mercy Of God
Israel was a rebellious nation almost from the beginning. They rebelled by the Red Sea, lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, envied Moses, made a calf in Horeb, forgot God their Savior, despised the pleasant land, murmured in their tents, joined themselves to Baal of Peor, rebelled against the Holy Spirit, angered the Lord at Meribah over water, mingled with the Gentiles, sacrificed their sons and daughters to demons, played the harlot by their own deeds and became abhorred by the Almighty God. On a few occasions had it not been for Moses we would not be reading about Israel. The steadfast love of God endures forever and because the Lord is good Israel was saved from utter annihilation.
Psalm 106 is a powerful testimony to the mercy of God and the tragic power of sin. The psalmist outlines in ‘cliffs notes’ the history of Israel from their deliverance at the Red Sea to the punishment of bondage. It is not a pretty picture. The only reason we cannot recoil in horror at how sinful Israel was is because we are viewing a mirror of our own lives. Sin has a domineering power on man. All men shoulder the burden of sin with its destructive influence. The psalmist is not highlighting sin but exalting the mercy of God. Like Israel we rebel. We fail the Lord in a rebellious spirit of self. Jesus did not come to die for sinless man but a creation that mastered the art of evil. Yet the grace of God is given to a people as undeserving as Israel.
My life should not be characterized by “many sins” but regardless of one or more sins I have failed my Father. When we stand before the Lord in judgment it will not be to sit and talk about the affairs of the world but to utter in the words of the publican, “God be merciful to me a sinner.” I need mercy. You need mercy. Thank God He gives His mercy. Let us say in a loud voice, “Amen.”
Mercy imitates God, and disappoints Satan. (John Chrysostom, Homilies, c. 388)