God’s Word of Praise and Thanksgiving
Psalm 106: Today’s reading is a communal confession of Israel’s sins and a plea for God’s mercy. It could be considered a continuation of Psalm 105 (yesterday’s reading) since it recounts a description of the people’s actions during their wilderness journey under Moses’s leadership after leaving Egypt.
The Lord‘s Goodness to His People
1 Praise the Lord!
Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good;
his love is eternal.
2Who can tell all the great things he has done?
Who can praise him enough?
3Happy are those who obey his commands,
who always do what is right.
4Remember me, Lord, when you help your people;
include me when you save them.
5Let me see the prosperity of your people
and share in the happiness of your nation,
in the glad pride of those who belong to you.
6We have sinned as our ancestors did;
we have been wicked and evil.
7 Our ancestors in Egypt did not understand God’s wonderful acts;
they forgot the many times he showed them his love,
and they rebelled against the Almighty at the Red Sea.
8But he saved them, as he had promised,
in order to show his great power.
9 He gave a command to the Red Sea,
and it dried up;
he led his people across on dry land.
10He saved them from those who hated them;
he rescued them from their enemies.
11But the water drowned their enemies;
not one of them was left.
12 Then his people believed his promises
and sang praises to him.
13But they quickly forgot what he had done
and acted without waiting for his advice.
14 They were filled with craving in the desert
and put God to the test;
15so he gave them what they asked for,
but also sent a terrible disease among them.
16 There in the desert they were jealous of Moses
and of Aaron, the Lord‘s holy servant.
17Then the earth opened up and swallowed Dathan
and buried Abiram and his family;
18fire came down on their followers
and burned up those wicked people.
19 They made a gold bull-calf at Sinai
and worshiped that idol;
20they exchanged the glory of God
for the image of an animal that eats grass.
21They forgot the God who had saved them
by his mighty acts in Egypt.
22What wonderful things he did there!
What amazing things at the Red Sea!
23When God said that he would destroy his people,
his chosen servant, Moses, stood up against God
and kept his anger from destroying them.
24 Then they rejected the pleasant land,
because they did not believe God’s promise.
25They stayed in their tents and grumbled
and would not listen to the Lord.
26So he gave them a solemn warning
that he would make them die in the desert
27 and scatter their descendants among the heathen,
letting them die in foreign countries.
28 Then at Peor, God’s people joined in the worship of Baal
and ate sacrifices offered to dead gods.
29They stirred up the Lord‘s anger by their actions,
and a terrible disease broke out among them.
30But Phinehas stood up and punished the guilty,
and the plague was stopped.
31This has been remembered in his favor ever since
and will be for all time to come.
32 At the springs of Meribah the people made the Lord angry,
and Moses was in trouble on their account.
33They made him so bitter
that he spoke without stopping to think.
34 They did not kill the heathen,
as the Lord had commanded them to do,
35but they intermarried with them
and adopted their pagan ways.
36God’s people worshiped idols,
and this caused their destruction.
37 They offered their own sons and daughters
as sacrifices to the idols of Canaan.
38 They killed those innocent children,
and the land was defiled by those murders.
39They made themselves impure by their actions
and were unfaithful to God.
40 So the Lord was angry with his people;
he was disgusted with them.
41He abandoned them to the power of the heathen,
and their enemies ruled over them.
42They were oppressed by their enemies
and were in complete subjection to them.
43Many times the Lord rescued his people,
but they chose to rebel against him
and sank deeper into sin.
44Yet the Lord heard them when they cried out,
and he took notice of their distress.
45For their sake he remembered his covenant,
and because of his great love he relented.
46He made all their oppressors
feel sorry for them.
47 Save us, O Lord our God,
and bring us back from among the nations,
so that we may be thankful
and praise your holy name.
48Praise the Lord, the God of Israel;
praise him now and forever!
Let everyone say, “Amen!”
Praise the Lord!
Today’s Key Verse: Psalm 106:1
Praise the LORD! Give thanks to the LORD, because he is good; his love is eternal.
What sins are recalled in today’s reading? In what ways was God’s goodness shown? In what ways has God been good to you? How will you express your thankfulness to God today?
Eternal is your love, O Lord! Teach me to obey your commands so that I always do what is right. I thank and praise you for all the wonderful things you have done and continue to do and for your never-ending goodness and mercy. Amen.
Psalm 111: A psalm in praise of the LORD’s kindness and mercy.