Morning devotion: Read Psalm 106

Psalm106:34  ¶They did not destroy the nations, concerning whom the LORD commanded them: 35  But were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works. 36  And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them. 37  Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils, 38  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. 39  Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions. 40  Therefore was the wrath of the LORD kindled against his people, insomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance. 41  And he gave them into the hand of the heathen; and they that hated them ruled over them. 42  Their enemies also oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their hand. 43  Many times did he deliver them; but they provoked him with their counsel, and were brought low for their iniquity. 44  Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry: 45  And he remembered for them his covenant, and repented according to the multitude of his mercies. 46  He made them also to be pitied of all those that carried them captives. 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. 48  Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the LORD.

The Lord is so gracious and kind. Man is so fickle; living by his own counsel, or own wisdom, he often falls into trouble. When in trouble he cries unto the LORD and the LORD, lovingly responds. That my friend is called mercy.

Psalms 106:6  ¶We have sinned with our fathers, we have committed iniquity, we have done wickedly. In verse 4 he cries, “O visit me with thy salvation;”

He cried in verse 47 “Save us, O LORD our God”

Save from what? Save from the snares of the devil and the rudiments of this world (Colossians 2:8 and 20). We are mingled among the unsaved as it says in verse 35. Many a good Christian have fallen to the idols of the world and embraced their philosophies and ideologies.  

Many a person have embraced the sacrificing of children as it says in verses 37-38. Just look around, you will see abortion clinics open and churches closed. Does that not speak volumes to your heart and mind? Can you see nothing wrong with this? Verse 39 speaks directly to this issue. The digression becomes greater as man begins to invent worse ways to violate themselves and separate themselves from a loving and kind LORD.

Finally, in disgust, God says, ok have it your way and He gives them over to do their own will.

Verse 40  Therefore was the wrath of the LORD kindled against his people, insomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance. 41  And he gave them into the hand of the heathen; and they that hated them ruled over them.

Is that not where we are at today?

42  Their enemies also oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their hand. 43  Many times did he deliver them; but they provoked him with their counsel, and were brought low for their iniquity.

When the counsel fails and the trials comes then the Lord in loving kindness, still reaches out to help his own who cry unto him.

44  Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry: 45  And he remembered for them his covenant, and repented according to the multitude of his mercies. 46  He made them also to be pitied of all those that carried them captives. 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. 48  Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the LORD.

Psalms 34:17  The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

Ps 34:6  This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

If you have time, read the book of Judges. That book is a perfect example of how God’s people forsook the Lord, got in trouble and the LORD delivered them. Not once or twice, but many times they cried and many times He delivered them.

So, when this Psalmist says “Save us, O LORD” he is speaking of himself and his fellow country men knowing he and they are prone to wander, prone to leave the one they love.

Psalms 69:18  Draw nigh unto my soul, and redeem it: deliver me because of mine enemies.

James 4:8  Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 9  Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10  Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

When the LORD lifts you up out of the miry clay and delivers you in time of trouble you can say with this Psalmist. 48  Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the LORD.

It is never wrong to lift up personal prayers to the LORD seeking His loving kindness and care. He desires to help you in time of need.

If you are not saved, He desires to save your soul and be a tender caring guide in your life.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook