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Commentary by Dr. Drake Travis
Lord, we hear you. Your words and blessings to us ARE our lives. They are also why we are alive. Amen.
106 – is a continuation of 105 that gave a mindful rundown of God’s true nature in bringing Abraham to Canaan clear to (600 years later) bringing Moses and the Israelites out of Egypt. This Psalm continues the tale yet it has a dissonant twist in that it tells of God’s faithfulness amid the Hebrews unfaithfulness. It didn’t take them long to forget about God’s miracles preserving them through the 10 Plagues, the rescue at the Red Sea, He gave the 10 Commandments to preserve them – and they are busy playing party animal (Exo. 32). They don’t want to walk with God and yet are jealous that Moses is walking closely with God. [they’re nuts!] They make a golden calf, they won’t enter the Promised Land, they complain like whiney brats, they worship Baal, fail to drive out the pagans, they follow Molech; and other idols. 43ff sums up: “again and again He rescued them, and yet they chose to rebel against the Him … even so He pitied them in their distress and listened to their cries … because of His unfailing love.” Psalm 106 tells of another slant on God’s unfailing love. To step back and meditate on this, the observant is led to ask, “why would anyone leave this God and walk away from Him?”