NATIONAL REPENTANCE MUST BEGIN IMMEDIATELY

Though the following Psalm obviously applies to ancient Israel, there are many parallels within it which relate to our present. Seek the Lord.

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PSALM 106: Israel’s Rebelliousness and the Lord’s Deliverances

1

Praise the Lord!

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;

For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

2

Who can speak of the mighty deeds of the Lord,

Or can show forth all His praise?

3

How blessed are those who keep justice,

Who practice righteousness at all times!

4

Remember me, O Lord, in Your favor toward Your people;

Visit me with Your salvation,

5

That I may see the prosperity of Your chosen ones,

That I may rejoice in the gladness of Your nation,

That I may glory with Your inheritance.

6

We have sinned like our fathers,

We have committed iniquity, we have behaved wickedly.

7

Our fathers in Egypt did not understand Your wonders;

They did not remember Your abundant kindnesses,

But rebelled by the sea, at the Red Sea.

8

Nevertheless He saved them for the sake of His Name,

That He might make His power known.

9

Thus He rebuked the Red Sea and it dried up,

And He led them through the deeps, as through the wilderness.

10

So He saved them from the hand of the one who hated them,

And redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.

11

The waters covered their adversaries;

Not one of them was left.

12

Then they believed His words;

They sang His praise.

13

They quickly forgot His works;

They did not wait for His counsel,

14

But craved intensely in the wilderness,

And tempted God in the desert.

15

So He gave them their request,

But sent a wasting disease among them.

16

When they became envious of Moses in the camp,

And of Aaron, the holy one of the Lord,

17

The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan,

And engulfed the company of Abiram.

18

And a fire blazed up in their company;

The flame consumed the wicked.

19

They made a calf in Horeb

And worshiped a molten image.

20

Thus they exchanged their glory

For the image of an ox that eats grass.

21

They forgot God their Savior,

Who had done great things in Egypt,

22

Wonders in the land of Ham

And awesome things by the Red Sea.

23

Therefore He said that He would destroy them,

Had not Moses His chosen one stood in the breach before Him,

To turn away His wrath from destroying them.

24

Then they despised the pleasant land;

They did not believe in His word,

25

But grumbled in their tents;

They did not listen to the voice of the Lord.

26

Therefore He swore to them

That He would cast them down in the wilderness,

27

And that He would cast their seed among the nations

And scatter them in the lands.

28

They joined themselves also to Baal-peor,

And ate sacrifices offered to the dead.

29

Thus they provoked Him to anger with their deeds,

And the plague broke out among them.

30

Then Phinehas stood up and interposed,

And so the plague was stayed.

31

And it was reckoned to him for righteousness,

To all generations forever.

32

They also provoked Him to wrath at the waters of Meribah,

So that it went hard with Moses on their account;

33

Because they were rebellious against His Spirit,

He spoke rashly with his lips.

34

They did not destroy the peoples,

As the Lord commanded them,

35

But they mingled with the nations

And learned their practices,

36

And served their idols,

Which became a snare to them.

37

They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons,

38

And shed innocent blood,

The blood of their sons and their daughters,

Whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan;

And the land was polluted with the blood.

39

Thus they became unclean in their practices,

And played the harlot in their deeds.

40

Therefore the anger of the Lord was kindled against His people

And He abhorred His inheritance.

41

Then He gave them into the hand of the nations,

And those who hated them ruled over them.

42

Their enemies also oppressed them,

And they were subdued under their power.

43

Many times He would deliver them;

They, however, were rebellious in their counsel,

And so sank down in their iniquity.

44

Nevertheless He looked upon their distress

When He heard their cry;

45

And He remembered His covenant for their sake,

And relented according to the greatness of His lovingkindness.

46

He also made them objects of compassion

In the presence of all their captors.

47

Save us, O Lord our God,

And gather us from among the nations,

To give thanks to Your holy name

And glory in Your praise.

48

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,

From everlasting even to everlasting.

And let all the people say, “Amen.”

Praise the Lord! [1]


[1] Unless otherwise noted all Scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Bible, © 1960, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

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  1. yes and amen to national repentance now; thank you man of God
    and protection from our enemies foreign AND domestic, Psalm 64:
    Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint;
    preserve my life from dread of the enemy,
    hide me from the secret plots of the wicked,
    from the scheming of evildoers,
    who whet their tongues like swords,
    who aim bitter words like arrows,
    shooting from ambush at the blameless,
    shooting at him suddenly and without fear.
    They hold fast to their evil purpose;
    they talk of laying snares secretly,
    thinking, “Who can see us?
    Who can search out our crimes?
    We have thought out a cunningly conceived plot.”
    For the inward mind and heart of a man are deep!
    But God will shoot his arrow at them;
    they will be wounded suddenly.
    Because of their tongue he will bring them to ruin;
    all who see them will wag their heads.
    Then all men will fear;
    they will tell what God has wrought,
    and ponder what he has done.
    Let the righteous rejoice in the Lord,
    and take refuge in him!
    Let all the upright in heart glory!

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  2. Repentance is acknowledging that we are sinners, we are imperfect, and we need God. I don’t know why this is so hard for so many. Arrogance and pride and unbelief get in the way. God knew this would happen yet because He gave us life and loves us He made a way out through His Son. I often think of the seven churches of Revelation which are a template of the end times church, and how all but one, the church in Philadelphia, (the church of brotherly love)are sternly warned by God to repent…to change their mind and attitude. All people everywhere are called to do the same, but it seems that mankind at the very end of days still refuses to do so (Revelation 9:20)

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    • The passage in the Book of Revelation regarding the seven churches sets the precedent for ongoing necessary correction. In this case the Lord Jesus Himself is speaking as the corrective Voice. He does not hold back. There are rebukes. But He also shows His love in that He knows where the people of these churches are heading and what they have illicitly incorporated. Would that all churches would heed these words and whatever words are relative to their situations. The problem is that most church leadership is simply unaccountable and have no correction. They do not want the corrective voice. Those sent by God to act in this capacity are not welcome. Hence, their errors are compounded and fellowship with the Lord is lost. Everyone should know that at any given time the likelihood is that any person and any group of believers needing correction is great. Imagine what would happen if all churches invited the Lord within and gave Him freedom to make any and all corrections He saw fit to make! This is why so many don’t. And it is why they remain blissfully unaware of their own sin, rebellion, and disobedience. The Psalmist knew…

      Blessings to you Susan and thanks

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