Praise the LORD!
Psalm 106 begins the way Psalm 105 ended, saying hallelujah! Psalm 105 gave praise because of God’s many gifts and blessings to Israel. Psalm 106 gives praise because of God’s great mercy to an often rebellious and ungrateful Israel.
The Psalmist starts this Psalm thanking and praising the LORD for His goodness and mercy, which endures forever. He says, those who keep the LORD’S judgment and are righteous all the time are blessed. How many of us fit into that category? We all fall short from time to time in spite of our best efforts.
The Psalmist confesses to the LORD that they have sinned against Him and have done wickedly like their fathers. He recounts how their ancestors didn’t understand the wondrous works of the LORD in Egypt. Nor did they remember how merciful God was to them. They provoked the LORD at the Red Sea when Moses led them out of Egypt, but He still saved them for His sake. He made His mighty power known by causing the Red Sea to part and allowing the Israelites to walk through on dry land. He saved them from the enemy when he rolled the Red Sea back over them (Exodus 14). Not one of their enemies was left standing. As the Israelites marveled at His wondrous works they believed His words and sang His praises (Exodus 15:1).
I like that way what Charles Spurgeon explains this, “Since man ceases not to be sinful, it is a great blessing that Jehovah ceases not to be merciful.”
What does God have to do to get our attention and cause us to believe His Word and praise His holy name? Maybe it starts with an attitude of gratitude. It is November, you know, and a great month for us to dwell in thankfulness and thoughts of His great mercy towards us.