Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Save, Gather, and Thanks!

 40Therefore was the wrath of the LORD kindled against his people, insomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance.
 41And he gave them into the hand of the heathen; and they that hated them ruled over them.
 42Their enemies also oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their hand.
 43Many times did he deliver them; but they provoked him with their counsel, and were brought low for their iniquity.
 44Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry:
 45And he remembered for them his covenant, and repented according to the multitude of his mercies.
 46He made them also to be pitied of all those that carried them captives.
 47Save 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.
 48Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the LORD. 

Save, Gather,  and Thanks!

It has been a long trek through Psalm 106, but as we reach the end, the Psalm ends with the words, "Save, Gather, and Thanks!"  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 everlastin: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the LORD.

As the psalmist has recited these words we are reminded that the remnant of the tribe of Judah are in captivity in a foreign land. Yet, before God lifts His arms of help to restore them to their homeland, the writer is giving God thanks, for he knows that there is no help besides God. Have they learned the lessons God was trying to teach them; will they now love and serve God alone?

For now, yes! For the only One to be praised is the Lord God of Israel; from everlasting to everlasting His name, alone, is to be praised. Is it any different in our day. Thousands of years have passed since this psalm was written, and yet its truth still ring forth across the ages. Rightly the hymn writer, Isaac Watts, proclaimed,
O God our Help in ages past,
Our Hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home.
For, here we are in the 21st century, and what have we learned? God's church still remains, though battered by the storms of life. Still persecuted for their unwavering faith, God's people will triumph in the end.

As we review God's work among His people as recorded in Psalm 106, let us turn our hearts and minds toward the Lord Jesus Christ. May we not let the poisons and passions of this age overtake our hearts and lives, but, rather, may we seek the Lord Jesus Christ alone, for, in the end, Christ is everything. He is all we need for life, hope, and eternity!

And let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the LORD.

God Bless You,
Linda



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