Psalm 106 Commentary
Praising God is not a commonplace act. One must qualify. “Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the LORD or fully declare His praise?” Those who act justly and always do what is right. Who would think praising God can be this expensive?
The psalmist then asks the LORD for inclusion on the ‘A’ list. There is a suggestion that the ‘A’ class enjoys prosperity and probably that explains their praises. Praise flows naturally when the saint experiences the presence of the LORD, regardless of circumstances.
It should be strange that the psalmist, a holier servant than most of us, can doubt his membership in the ‘A’ class. Then the question of who possibly qualifies for this privilege immediately comes to mind. He has sinned like his own ancestors. The list of sins can be of interest to the saint today.
Ignoring the miracles of the LORD, scorning His many kindnesses, and probably doubting the LORD’s good intentions in the face of adversity. If you forgot to say thanks to the LORD for waking you up this morning, then you are probably nearing the camp of rebellious children.
Failure to wait upon the LORD can be differentiated from failure to wait for God’s plan to unfold. Both are areas of sin.
Envy isn’t a good term. But to be envious of Moses and Aaron can be viewed as a lesser evil than to be envious of the wicked – their money, their cars, their homes, and their dresses. The list of things that make us lose sleep can be interesting. A pastor who thinks of his own church as small; not out of concern for evangelism failure, but because of another more successful church, should include himself on the list of sinners.
Despising the menu of the LORD, instead preferring and salivating for sinful lusts of the world, is yet another sin that the psalmist spots in his life. You easily understand why praise is so expensive! Even when the table is laid for the saint, it is all so easy to turn back in disappointment because we feel the served meal isn’t good enough. Praise won’t flow from the disappointed saint.
So what happens next? They yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor. Read as follows, “they yoked themselves to the world in the hope of getting part of what they think the world is enjoying.” Instead of being separate, they mingled with the wrong team and became wrong themselves.
The psalmist sees himself exactly like his ancestors, the kings of failure. So he fears for his own worthiness. Like the psalmist, we too can know the value of salvation once again.
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