Psalm 106:1-8 (NIV) — “Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord or fully declare His praise? Blessed are they who maintain justice, who constantly do what is right. Remember, O Lord, when you show favor to your people, come to my aid when you save them, that I may enjoy the prosperity of Your chosen ones, that I may share in the joy of Your nation and join Your inheritance in giving praise. We have sinned, even as our fathers did; we have done wrong and acted wickedly. When our fathers were in Egypt, they gave no thought to your miracles; they did not remember your many kindnesses, they rebelled by the sea, the Red Sea. Yet He saved them for His name’s sake, to make His mighty power known.”
There’s a joke about a small-town news editor who invited his readers to send in responses under the heading, “Books That Have Helped Me.” One of those who responded stated, “The books that have helped the most have been my mother’s cookbook and my father’s checkbook.” The writer of Psalm 106 is recounting the spiritual high of the Children of Israel. They had given thanks, observed the mighty works of God, celebrated His salvation and stepped back as He opened the sea. They were high spiritually but soon forgot to be thankful enough to apply God’s words to them.
As I get older, I must admit, I may remember some lessons but not who the instructor was. Other times I remember people, individuals who made an impression — to be honest, I may not even remember if it was a good or bad impression, I just remember the person. Other times, I may go years without seeing or talking to someone until a situation or event happens and I instantly remember how someone else handled that situation.
In our opening passage of Scripture, I only shared eight verses of Psalm 106, which has 48 verses. In verse 13 is a key phrase, “They forgot God’s works.”
How easy it is to forget your health when you have it. You may forget your good friend until you lose them. You may even forget family members until you need them.
It’s at this point I begin to understand Psalm 106.
It’s not just about being thankful at a particular moment but living in a constant Attitude of Gratitude.
In John 2:23 the verse says, “Now while He was in Jerusalem at the Passover feast, many people saw the miraculous signs He was doing and believed in His name.” Now, on the surface that sounds really good: they “believed.” But there’s no indication it was a saving faith, but merely a nodding of the head. The saying that comes to my mind is, “Well bless his heart.” (Sarcasm is its own language.)
The next verses are John 2:24-25 — “But Jesus did not commit Himself unto them, because He knew all men. And needed not that any should testify of man: for He knew what was in a man.” He knew what was in their hearts. He knew the difference between a tip of the hat and belief from a saving faith.
I have personally heard others voice the words of faith. It’s just a religious way of appropriate speaking, not an actual lifestyle for them. The important questions are: Do you trust Christ Jesus as Savior who died for your sins? Was He raised from the dead? Is He your only hope of Heaven? What is our faith — casual or committed?