Written On: 10/7/2015
Devotional edit by: Bryce Malone (@609turtle)
Psalm 106:4-5: “Remember me, Lord, 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.” This Psalm looks at the history of God’s people and how he has dealt with them. It mentions all the sins of the people, while Psalm 105 is more of a “positive” psalm in that it talks about what God does for His people. Psalm 106 Is less of what he does, and more of what his people HAVE done. SIN. History becomes longer every day, so, are things getting better or worse in the world? I’d say both, in different ways! What we should be doing, but few people do, is using the past to learn. Government, leaders, churches and people all don’t learn from it, and if they do, they don’t apply what they learned, the ignore it, so are they truly learning?! This is precisely what the Psalms are for. God’s dealings with His people are full of lessons that we can learn from. History is full of instructions, lessons and guidance we can use in our lives today. Read Psalm 106:4-5 again; the writer is applying the history lessons to himself. The rest of the Psalm is about other people and God’s dealings. He then says “Remember me, O Lord, O visit me.” He looked back at God’s dealings with His people and their dealings with God! He sees a need for help, for grace, and for mercy! He knows he needs help to live for God’s glory and to commit his work to God in this corrupted world. He is applying the lessons to his personal needs. Psalm 106 is filled with spirituality! Nothing of this world is asked for: food, drink, money. It is all spiritual, all things that are needed to feed the SOUL! “Remember me, O Lord, visit me!”
There are many things we can learn from this Psalm. For one, there are periods of time when God’s people experience sadness; God may even make us sad. This is a sad Psalm! It’s sad because of the things that went wrong at this point in time. “We have sinned with our fathers, we have committed iniquity, we have done wickedly.” (v6); “They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel: but lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert. And he gave them their request, but sent leanness into their souls.” (v 13-15); The psalm reflects the many mistakes they made in the past. Sometimes we may live in a time where sad things surround us, sad memories of things that didn’t go our way. This is part of the way God deals with us as His people. Year after year we witness a tremendous decline in the number of church-goers, and more importantly, a decline in the number of people turning to God, for anything! This is something that makes God people sad in itself! We must all seek strength and toughness to live through difficult times like these. That’s exactly what this Psalm is doing, it’s showing us how to live and learn in such a dark age. No matter how bad of a time you may be going through, God is always working. In those same times, God is still with you, and with everyone who loves and trusts him. So what must we do in these sad times? We must do exactly what the writer of this Psalm does, he doesn’t give up hope, he runs to God for help and courage and strength to live in this dark time and place. “Remember me, O Lord”; “O visit me with thy salvation”; “that I may rejoice in the gladness of thy nation, that I may glory with thine inheritance.”
The next lesson is this; every Christian long desires pieces of God’s love that are for them personally. The psalmist here expressed that when he says “Remember me,”; “O visit me.” He wants God to remember him because the people of our world too often forget us. Friends you once had, enemies, anything could happen in this world that may separate us from those people, whether it be God’s will or natural circumstances, but through that, God will still be there. You can always turn to him and say “Remember me,” and he will! What better example than Joseph. Wrongly imprisoned, and because he was fueled by God, he interpreted dreams for the baker and the butler in Egypt. The dreams came true, the butler was restored to his place on honor and at the end of the chapter it said “yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him.” (Genesis 40, 23); He didn’t forget him entirely of course, but he didn’t mention him to the king because it wouldn’t benefit him, it didn’t interest him. When people are selfish they don’t do anything to help you, they forget you! So as God’s people, we cannot rely on man to help us. If we are doing our work for God’s glory and doing his will we can say “Remember me, O Lord” and get the help we need from God himself.
God has a general goodness about him; the heavenly Father has the sun rise on the righteous, but also on the wicked. He sends rain, it falls on the holy and the unholy. He shows kindness to the holy and the unholy, the thankful and the unthankful. That is something we should all be grateful for. We can find rest in that. Though we can be thankful for his general mercies and blessings, that is not what we seek above all else as God’s people. We seek love. His love that brings redemption, grace, calmness, and through his mercy, it eventually brings a sense of glory and of salvation. “Visit me…with thy salvation.” Though we are grateful with things like food, money, cars, clothes and furniture, we are not content with them, we are not truly happy with them. We are yearning for spiritual blessings where we come into direct contact with God’s salvation.
Israel had gone astray: rebellion, apostasies, idolatry, and selfish pride. We can find all these things in our world today, can’t we? They sacrificed babies to false God’s, they burned their babies to give to a false God. Today virtually the same thing is happening; abortions are sacrificing our babies to the God of people’s selfish ways. These are the same mistakes that were made back then. Every single day you can look on the news and find these same very sins. As God’s people, knowing and being aware of this has an effect on our minds. We should behave as the writer of this Psalm does and say “O Lord, in the light of all that I see round about me in this world, O visit me, Lord, with this salvation that thou dost promise. Do not leave me like the world. Do not leave me like these false Christians, these false Israelites. Make me a child of God. Put thy Spirit in my heart, O Lord. Make me full of prayer. Give me a desire for the things of Jesus Christ. He is praying for a soul that longs for the blessings of God, as should we!
“Remember me, O Lord, with the favour that thou bearest unto thy people: O visit me with thy salvation; that I may see the good of thy chosen, that I may rejoice in the gladness of thy nation, that I may glory with thine inheritance.” As it was then, this prayer is relevant for all Christian’s today. Evil is still out there, maybe more so then ever! The word of God is taught less and less, and, in turn, apostasy and rebellion is taking place more and more. I pray that we all continue to be renewed and blessed with the strength and wisdom to avoid falling into the traps of his dangerous society. I pray that our God keeps our eyes focused on the good even when only surrounded with bad; that our feet stay planted firmly in the word of God even when the ground we walk on is disappearing before us. Most of all I pray that we never lose our sense of hope, as long as we have hope, we have everything we need.
The Psalm ends with this: “Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the heathen, to give thanks unto thy holy name, and to triumph in thy praise. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the Lord.” (v 47-28)