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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 106

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The Fourth Book of Psalms (c 90-106)
Message: A Song of National Repentance (v 1-48)

Psalms 106 Commentary 

(106:1) Humanity's Sinfulness - While Psalm 105 is a summary of God's faithfulness, Psalm 106 is a summary of humanity's sinfulness. Psalm 105 covers events up to the Exodus (Exodus 5-14), and Psalm 106 covers events from the Exodus up to what appears to be the Babylonian captivity (2 Kings 25). 

(106:2) God's Word - If we ever stopped to list all the mighty acts or miracles in the Bible, we would be astounded. They cover every aspect of life. The more we think about what God has done, the more we can appreciate the miracles he has done for each of us--in birth, physical growth, salvation, specific guidance, healing, loving friends and family, and so much more. If you think you have never seen a miracle, look closer and you will surely notice God's power and loving intervention on your behalf. God still performs great miracles, both for the church and for you personally! 

(106:3-15) Turning from God - In the wilderness, the Israelites were so intent on getting the food and water they wanted that they became blind to what God wanted. They were more concerned about immediate physical gratification than lasting spiritual satisfaction. They did not want what was best for them, and they refused to trust in God's care and provision (Numbers 1:18-33). If you complain enough, God may allow you to have what you ask for, even if it is not the best for you If you're not getting what you want, perhaps God knows it is not in your best interest or that now is not the right time. Trust in his care, provision, and timing. 

(106:23) God Intercedes - That Moses "stood... in the breach" means that he served as the people's intercessor. This refers to the time when the Lord wanted to destroy the people for worshiping the golden calf (Exodus 32:7-14). 106:34-39 The people of Israel constantly turned away from God. How, affer the great miracles they saw, could they turn from God and worship the idols of the land? If we ve paid attention, we've also seen God's miracles in our lives and the lives of others, but sometimes we find ourselves still enticed by the world's gods-power, money, convenience, fame, and pleasure. Just as the Israelites forgot God, we are susceptible to forgetting him and giving in to the pressures of a fallen world. Don't be drawn away from him by the world's pleasures. To forget God is to forget your true source of life. 

(106:40-42) God's Permissive Hand - God allowed trouble to come to the Israelites in order to help them. Our troubles can be helpful because they (1) humble us, (2) wean us from the temptations of the world and drive us back to God, (3) energize our prayers, (4) allow us to experience more of God's faithfulness, (5) make us more dependent upon God, (6) encourage us to submit to God's purpose for our lives, and (7) make us more compassionate toward others in trouble. 

(106:44-46) God's Love - This is a beautiful picture of God's great love for his people who deserved only judgment. Fortunately, God's compassion and mercy toward us are not limited by our faithfulness to him. God was merciful to us in sending his Son to die for our sins. If he did this while we were captive to sin, how much more merciful will he be now that we are his children (Romans 5:20-21)?

Dave Burnette's Life Application


Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue in the Book of Psalms with Chapter 106. In our text today, we see a theme of a song of national repentance as the people return from captivity. In making application, we see that our God patiently delivers us in spite of our forgetfulness and self-willed rebellion. Today, we see the faithfulness of God amid our selfishness and half-hearted devotion. We fail to see how God could use us if we surrender all to our Lord. How about you? Have you surrendered all? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to remember that the Lord can use a surrendered heart to move mountains and be used by our Lord in a mighty way.


Psalm 106

Psalm 106

 1Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

 2Who can utter the mighty acts of the LORD? who can shew forth all his praise?

 3Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that doeth righteousness at all times.

 4Remember me, O LORD, with the favour that thou bearest unto thy people: O visit me with thy salvation;

 5That 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.

 6We have sinned with our fathers, we have committed iniquity, we have done wickedly.

 7Our 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.

 8Nevertheless he saved them for his name's sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known.

 9He rebuked the Red sea also, and it was dried up: so he led them through the depths, as through the wilderness.

 10And he saved them from the hand of him that hated them, and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.

 11And the waters covered their enemies: there was not one of them left.

 12Then believed they his words; they sang his praise.

 13They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel:

 14But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert.

 15And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.

 16They envied Moses also in the camp, and Aaron the saint of the LORD.

 17The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan and covered the company of Abiram.

 18And a fire was kindled in their company; the flame burned up the wicked.

 19They made a calf in Horeb, and worshipped the molten image.

 20Thus they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox that eateth grass.

 21They forgat God their saviour, which had done great things in Egypt;

 22Wondrous works in the land of Ham, and terrible things by the Red sea.

 23Therefore 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.

 24Yea, they despised the pleasant land, they believed not his word:

 25But murmured in their tents, and hearkened not unto the voice of the LORD.

 26Therefore he lifted up his hand against them, to overthrow them in the wilderness:

 27To overthrow their seed also among the nations, and to scatter them in the lands.

 28They joined themselves also unto Baalpeor, and ate the sacrifices of the dead.

 29Thus they provoked him to anger with their inventions: and the plague brake in upon them.

 30Then stood up Phinehas, and executed judgment: and so the plague was stayed.

 31And that was counted unto him for righteousness unto all generations for evermore.

 32They angered him also at the waters of strife, so that it went ill with Moses for their sakes:

 33Because they provoked his spirit, so that he spake unadvisedly with his lips.

 34They did not destroy the nations, concerning whom the LORD commanded them:

 35But were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works.

 36And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them.

 37Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils,

 38And 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.

 39Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions.

 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.