1 Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
2 Who can utter the mighty acts of the Lord? who can shew forth all his praise?
3 Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that doeth righteousness at all times.
4 Remember me, O Lord, with the favour that thou bearest unto thy people: O visit me with thy salvation;
5 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.
Praise and give thanks, for He is good, and His mercy endures forever. A continuing theme in the Psalms, and hopefully in your life. Is it even possible to speak of all the wonderful and awesome works He does in our lives from day to day? Can we really show forth His praises continually, or do we balk at being too outspoken in our faith? Remember that it is not only the saved that God blesses. He blesses the whole earth (The rain falls on the just and the unjust, right?) We should never balk at declaring His good works. Those of us who do keep His judgments and walk in His righteousness will be doubly blessed!
I want God to remember to bless me with His favor, and send His salvation to me in times of trouble. Keep in mind that we are always working out our salvation, from the inside out (Phil 2:12). It is not a one in done deal. Oh, we are saved and going to heaven but our salvation while still here on earth is a work in progress. We grow in it daily, hopefully. And as we grow in, we will see the fruit of those labors rising up and blessing others in the chosen, and in our nation.
6 We have sinned with our fathers, we have committed iniquity, we have done wickedly.
7 Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt; they remembered not the multitude of thy mercies; but provoked him at the sea, even at the Red sea.
8 Nevertheless he saved them for his name’s sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known.
9 He rebuked the Red sea also, and it was dried up: so he led them through the depths, as through the wilderness.
10 And he saved them from the hand of him that hated them, and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.
11 And the waters covered their enemies: there was not one of them left.
12 Then believed they his words; they sang his praise.
By the time the Israelites had arrived at the Red Sea. they were already doubting God was going to rescue them They saw the impossible task ahead of them and started bitter complaining to Moses/ They had seen miracle after miracle i their lives to get them this far. How could they not see the hand of God guiding them and watching over them in all of this? 10 plagues, a mighty deliverance of all the people, and their possessions, and the riches of the Egyptians who begged them to leave, were all there. Yet they looked behind them, saw the Egyptians coming, saw the Red Sea in front of them, and panicked.
I hate to admit it, but I would have too! That’s why I am so glad we have these stories in the bible. They are there so we can see that our God is able to deliver us, even in the face of impossible odds. Remember, God does not change (Mal 3:6). If He supplied deliverance in the past, He can do it today. His hand is not slack concerning His promises (2 Peter 3:9). He could roll back the Red Sea today if it was needed. He can pull you through anything you are going through. He can destroy that enemy, or that disease, or that burden that is trying to destroy you. No weapon formed against you will prosper (Is 54:17)
13 They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel:
14 But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert.
15 And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.
16 They envied Moses also in the camp, and Aaron the saint of the Lord.
17 The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan and covered the company of Abiram.
18 And a fire was kindled in their company; the flame burned up the wicked.
19 They made a calf in Horeb, and worshipped the molten image.
20 Thus they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox that eateth grass.
21 They forgat God their saviour, which had done great things in Egypt;
22 Wondrous works in the land of Ham, and terrible things by the Red sea.
But once again, the forgot what He had done for them. It’s so hard to put ourselves in their sandals we look back on this and say “How could they forget all this? 10 plagues Red Sea parting, Pharaoh’s army destroyed? What’s wrong with these people?” That’s what we think in hindsight. But if you could put yourself there, in a steaming dessert with little food and water, in the middle of nowhere, days on end, you might have a different perspective.
But let’s bring it closer to home. How many times has God healed you so far? I would venture to guess every time, since you are reading this. So when you get sick, do you ever doubt? How many times has He delivered you from difficult circumstances? Every time so far. So when you get in the middle of the next one, will your first reaction be to look to Him, or will you try to find your own solution? If I really am honest with myself, there are time I am just like the Israelites. I wonder how He is going to get me out of this mess, even though He has done it so many times before. Lord, help my unbelief!
23 Therefore he said that he would destroy them, had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the breach, to turn away his wrath, lest he should destroy them.
24 Yea, they despised the pleasant land, they believed not his word:
25 But murmured in their tents, and hearkened not unto the voice of the Lord.
26 Therefore he lifted up his hand against them, to overthrow them in the wilderness:
27 To overthrow their seed also among the nations, and to scatter them in the lands.
28 They joined themselves also unto Baalpeor, and ate the sacrifices of the dead.
29 Thus they provoked him to anger with their inventions: and the plague brake in upon them.
Moses stood in the breach. It’s amazing to me the power of intercessory prayer. There is nothing more powerful than a praying believer in the power and mercy of God. Moses stopped God from destroying over 4 million people (est) in the desert! He reminded God that it would hurt His name if He did that. When we petition God and declare that all the glory will go to Him, our prayers become more effective.
I have heard the school of thought that says we should not necessarily tell people we are praying for them. hat way, they will thank God, not us. I’m not sue f am sold into that, but there s a good point there. It is so imperative that people know t was God who healed the, not our prayers. We need to be careful to reflect any praise back to God! I still think t’s important to let people know we are praying for them. Just be sure they know it’s God who delivers.
30 Then stood up Phinehas, and executed judgment: and so the plague was stayed.
31 And that was counted unto him for righteousness unto all generations for evermore.
32 They angered him also at the waters of strife, so that it went ill with Moses for their sakes:
33 Because they provoked his spirit, so that he spake unadvisedly with his lips.
God sent a plague into the midst of the people because of their unbelief. It was terrible, and 24,000 died. But again, one man stood up and stopped the plague by coming against the evil in the camp. It took courage and determination to do this, and Phinehas was up to the task. And even though once again, they saw the deliverance of the Lord, they still complained. Even Moses got so upset that he disobeyed the Lord by striking the rock instead of speaking to it, as Good told him to. He as so angry with the people, he just lashed out.
I find it fascinating that God kept Moses from the promised land because of his anger at the people. Sure, he disobeyed God, but didn’t he have a righteous anger? Wasn’t it justified? Well, it appears not. Moses was not allowed into the Promised Land because of this one outburst. He had been faithful all the way through, and this one thing kept Him out. I need to be careful not to get angry with God;s people, so angry that it turns me away from listening to Him! he had compassion over and over again on His people – I need to have that same compassion when someone angers me.
34 They did not destroy the nations, concerning whom the Lord commanded them:
35 But were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works.
36 And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them.
37 Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils,
38 And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood.
39 Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions.
40 Therefore was the wrath of the Lord kindled against his people, insomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance.
Once the Israelites got into the promised land, they stopped short of destroying all the people there. They left groups of people in the land, and slowly but surely, these other people turned the Israelites hearts to their gods instead of the one true God. The people were carried away to such a point that they were even sacrificing their children to other gods! That sure does sound absurd to us, doesn’t t?
Don;t answer that too fast. We sacrifice children to other gods all the time in this world, and in our country. It’s called abortion. You ask – “How is that sacrificing to other gods?”. Why do people get abortions> Several reasons I would say. One is lust – they get pregnant because the like to play around (the god of lust). Another reason is career (god of fame and power). Another reason is finances (god of money). Another might be health of the baby (god of ease – we don’t want to be troubled with that). I hate to get into these types of topics, but it is truth. A baby is conceived in an instant inside a mother’s womb, and God recognizes that baby at conception. Think about that, and ask God to reveal this truth to you if you doubt.
41 And he gave them into the hand of the heathen; and they that hated them ruled over them.
42 Their enemies also oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their hand.
43 Many times did he deliver them; but they provoked him with their counsel, and were brought low for their iniquity.
44 Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry:
45 And he remembered for them his covenant, and repented according to the multitude of his mercies.
46 He made them also to be pitied of all those that carried them captives.
Over and over again, God delivered Israel out of the hand of enemies that came against them. It was a constant battle for them to keep the land once they got there. The book of Judges is a good place to read about this. And the enemy keeps coming against them iin the books following that. The enemy is relentless/
And he will be in our lives too. He will fight us tooth and nail to try and get us to turn away from God and go into a life of worldly pleasures. The last thing he wants is for us to gain heaven, where he will never be welcome again. he knows what a wonderful place it is, and he is angry with God for casting him out so long ago. His mission is to stop anyone he can from gaining entry. Don’t succumb! Don’t turn away. Stay true to the everlasting God, who will love you to the end of days. the enemy hates you. He will destroy you. God will keep you forever in His loving care, til the end of time. Run to Him every chance you get.
47 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.
48 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the Lord.
Save us, Oh Lord, from wanting to be like the unsaved around us. Save us from the lust of this world and the lust of the flesh, and the ride of life, Save us from the hand of the enemy who continually beats down our door, trying to get us to go with him. Keep our eyes and our hearts always on you Lord. And we willl raise up our praises to you forever!