Psalm 106: Confession of Israel’s Sins

Why do some people question God’s lovingkindness?

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Psalm 106:1 Praise the Lord for who he is, for he is good. Thank him for his gifts, for his lovingkindness will endure forever.
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Psalm 106:1 Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

What can we do when words aren’t adequate to describe the Lord’s great deeds?

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Psalm 106:2–3 Who can find words that are adequate to describe the Lord’s great deeds? How can our praise express all the gratitude that his goodness deserves?
Blessed are those who know what is right and do it all the time.
King James
Psalm 106:2–3 Who can utter the mighty acts of the Lord? who can shew forth all his praise? Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that doeth righteousness at all times.

Given the martyrdom of so many who put their faith in Christ, how should we define the “prosperity” of God’s chosen?

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Psalm 106:4–5 Remember me, Lord, with the favor you show to people who belong to you. Rescue me too so I can enjoy the prosperity of your chosen people. Let me rejoice with them, share your inheritance, and give you praise.
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Psalm 106:4–5 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.

Why don’t people learn from examples from history, change their behavior, and do what is right?

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Psalm 106:6–7 Like our ancestors, we have shunned your guidance and rejected your commands, doing evil. After seeing all your miracles in Egypt, our ancestors were contentious at the Red Sea. Giving no thought to all your kindness revealed in the past, they did not believe you would rescue them there.
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Psalm 106:6–7 We have sinned with our fathers, we have committed iniquity, we have done wickedly. 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.

Why did God save so many people who did not believe?

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Psalm 106:8–12 Nevertheless, to reveal his mighty power and uphold his reputation for doing good, God saved them anyway. He spoke against the waters, pushing them back, and he dried the land beneath so they could walk across like travelers on a path through the wilderness.
God saved them from their enemies. He protected them from Pharaoh’s army. Their Egyptian enemies drowned. Not one of them survived. Only then did the people believe and praise the Lord.
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Psalm 106:8–12 Nevertheless he saved them for his name’s sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known. He rebuked the Red sea also, and it was dried up: so he led them through the depths, as through the wilderness. And he saved them from the hand of him that hated them, and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy. And the waters covered their enemies: there was not one of them left. Then believed they his words; they sang his praise.

After believing, why didn’t the Israelites want God’s guidance?

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Psalm 106:13–14 Soon afterward, they forgot the miracle and didn’t want God’s guidance. In the wilderness, they cared only for their own pleasures and challenged God to give them what they wanted.
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Psalm 106:13–14 They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel: But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert.

After giving them what they asked for, why would God afflict his people with a disease?

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Psalm 106:15 He gave them what they asked for, but he then threatened their lives with a terrible disease.
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Psalm 106:15 And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.

Why did the people envy Moses and Aaron? Why was that wrong?

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Psalm 106:16–18 People in the camp envied Moses and Aaron, who were chosen by the Lord, so the earth opened and swallowed Dathan, Abiram, and their followers. A fire burned among them and consumed the wicked.
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Psalm 106:16–18 They envied Moses also in the camp, and Aaron the saint of the Lord. The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan, and covered the company of Abiram. And a fire was kindled in their company; the flame burned up the wicked.

How could people have thought worshiping a golden calf was better than worshiping God?

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Psalm 106:19–22 When people made a calf at Horeb and worshiped the metal image, they traded their glorious God for the likeness of grass-eating ox. They forgot their God who had saved them, who did great miracles in Egypt and awesome work at the Red Sea.
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Psalm 106:19–22 They made a calf in Horeb, and worshipped the molten image. Thus they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox that eateth grass. They forgat God their saviour, which had done great things in Egypt; Wondrous works in the land of Ham, and terrible things by the Red sea.

What motivated Moses’ bravery to stand in favor of the people and against God?

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Psalm 106:23 If Moses hadn’t stood between them and God, interceding for them, God in his anger would have destroyed them.
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Psalm 106:23 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.

If the land was so beautiful and promised by God, why didn’t the people believe?

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Psalm 106:24 They didn’t believe what God had promised, so they wouldn’t enter the beautiful land prepared for them.
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Psalm 106:24 Yea, they despised the pleasant land, they believed not his word:

Why did the people grumble in the privacy of their tents?

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Psalm 106:25 In the privacy of their tents, they grumbled against God and wouldn’t listen to him.
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Psalm 106:25 But murmured in their tents, and hearkened not unto the voice of the Lord.

Why doesn’t the threat of God’s judgment have a greater effect on people’s behavior?

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Psalm 106:26–30 Therefore, God swore that they would die in the wilderness and said their descendants would be scattered across the world.
They became followers of Baal Peor and feasted on the sacrifices offered to him. Their despicable deeds provoked God’s anger, and a deadly disease broke out among them. Then Phinehas stood to punish the guilty, and the plague was stopped.
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Psalm 106:26–30 Therefore he lifted up his hand against them, to overthrow them in the wilderness: To overthrow their seed also among the nations, and to scatter them in the lands. They joined themselves also unto Baalpeor, and ate the sacrifices of the dead. Thus they provoked him to anger with their inventions: and the plague brake in upon them. Then stood up Phinehas, and executed judgment: and so the plague was stayed.

Which is the greater motivator as we anticipate our future, the pain of Hell or the pleasure of Heaven? Why?

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Psalm 106:26–31 Therefore, God swore that they would die in the wilderness and said their descendants would be scattered across the world.
They became followers of Baal Peor and feasted on the sacrifices offered to him. Their despicable deeds provoked God’s anger, and a deadly disease broke out among them. Then Phinehas stood to punish the guilty, and the plague was stopped. He was remembered for generations for doing the right thing.
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Psalm 106:26–31 Therefore he lifted up his hand against them, to overthrow them in the wilderness: To overthrow their seed also among the nations, and to scatter them in the lands. They joined themselves also unto Baalpeor, and ate the sacrifices of the dead. Thus they provoked him to anger with their inventions: and the plague brake in upon them. Then stood up Phinehas, and executed judgment: and so the plague was stayed. And that was counted unto him for righteousness unto all generations for evermore.

How carefully should we guard the words that come from our mouths?

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Psalm 106:32–33 Moses suffered when people angered God by the waters of Meribah. Moses was so irritated that he spoke when he should have kept his mouth shut.
Matthew 12:36–37 You can be sure, on Judgment Day, people will have to account for every word carelessly spoken. By your words, you will be either justified or condemned.
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Psalm 106:32–33 They angered him also at the waters of strife, so that it went ill with Moses for their sakes: Because they provoked his spirit, so that he spake unadvisedly with his lips.
Matthew 12:36–37 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.)

Why did the Israelites allow themselves to be entrapped in the worship of idols?

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Psalm 106:34–37 The people didn’t do as God had commanded. They did not destroy those who inhabited the land, but they intermarried and learned their pagan ways. Worship of their idols became a trap they couldn’t escape. Yes, they even sacrificed their children to demons.
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Psalm 106:34–37 They did not destroy the nations, concerning whom the Lord commanded them: But were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works. And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them. Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils,

How can parents justify the sacrifice of their children?

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Psalm 106:38–39 The land was polluted with the blood of their innocent sons and daughters, sacrificed to the idols of Canaan. With their idolatry, they made themselves putrid filth.
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Psalm 106:38–39 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. Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions.

Why did God scatter his people across nations of pagans they were told to avoid?

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Psalm 106:40–46 Therefore, the Lord became angry with his people and detested those who had belonged to him. God placed them under the authority of foreign nations, so those who hated them ruled over them. Their enemies abused them and subdued them like slaves.
God often delivered them, but they rebelled against his guidance and suffered for their wrongdoing. Nevertheless, when they cried out to God in their distress, he heard them, remembered his agreement, and abandoned his anger to show his abundant lovingkindness. He caused their captives to be compassionate toward them.
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Psalm 106:40–46 Therefore was the wrath of the Lord kindled against his people, insomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance. And he gave them into the hand of the heathen; and they that hated them ruled over them. Their enemies also oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their hand. Many times did he deliver them; but they provoked him with their counsel, and were brought low for their iniquity. Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry: And he remembered for them his covenant, and repented according to the multitude of his mercies. He made them also to be pitied of all those that carried them captives.

Who separates the righteous from the unrighteous?

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Psalm 106:47 Deliver us, Lord God. Bring us out from among the unbelievers to recognize your greatness and celebrate the victory, to praise and glorify you.
Matthew 25:32 From the fig tree, you can understand how it will be. When the branches bud and start to put on leaves, you know that summer is near.
2 Corinthians 6:17 As the prophet Isaiah said, “Get out. Separate yourselves. Don’t even touch what is filthy.” Then he will receive you.
King James
Psalm 106:47 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.
Matthew 25:32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
2 Corinthians 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

What must happen before all of God’s people praise him forever?

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Psalm 106:48 The Lord God of Israel deserves praise forever and ever.
Let everyone shout, “Let it be so.”
Praise the Lord.
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Psalm 106:48 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the Lord.