MAY 15

Read | Psalm 106

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 those who act justly,

    who always do what is right.

Remember me, 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 ancestors did;

    we have done wrong and acted wickedly.

When our ancestors were in Egypt,

    they gave no thought to your miracles;

they did not remember your many kindnesses,

    and they rebelled by the sea, the Red Sea.

Yet he saved them for his name’s sake,

    to make his mighty power known.

He rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up;

    he led them through the depths as through a desert.

He saved them from the hand of the foe;

    from the hand of the enemy he redeemed them.

The waters covered their adversaries;

    not one of them survived.

Then they believed his promises

    and sang his praise.

But they soon forgot what he had done

    and did not wait for his plan to unfold.

In the desert they gave in to their craving;

    in the wilderness they put God to the test.

So he gave them what they asked for,

    but sent a wasting disease among them.

In the camp they grew envious of Moses

    and of Aaron, who was consecrated to the Lord.

The earth opened up and swallowed Dathan;

    it buried the company of Abiram.

Fire blazed among their followers;

    a flame consumed the wicked.

At Horeb they made a calf

    and worshiped an idol cast from metal.

They exchanged their glorious God

    for an image of a bull, which eats grass.

They forgot the God who saved them,

    who had done great things in Egypt,

miracles in the land of Ham

    and awesome deeds by the Red Sea.

So he said he would destroy them—

    had not Moses, his chosen one,

stood in the breach before him

    to keep his wrath from destroying them.

Then they despised the pleasant land;

    they did not believe his promise.

They grumbled in their tents

    and did not obey the Lord.

So he swore to them with uplifted hand

    that he would make them fall in the wilderness,

make their descendants fall among the nations

    and scatter them throughout the lands.

They yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor

    and ate sacrifices offered to lifeless gods;

they aroused the Lord’s anger by their wicked deeds,

    and a plague broke out among them.

But Phinehas stood up and intervened,

    and the plague was checked.

This was credited to him as righteousness

    for endless generations to come.

By the waters of Meribah they angered the Lord,

    and trouble came to Moses because of them;

for they rebelled against the Spirit of God,

    and rash words came from Moses’ lips.

They did not destroy the peoples

    as the Lord had commanded them,

but they mingled with the nations

    and adopted their customs.

They worshiped their idols,

    which became a snare to them.

They sacrificed their sons

    and their daughters to false gods.

They shed innocent blood,

    the blood of their sons and daughters,

whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan,

    and the land was desecrated by their blood.

They defiled themselves by what they did;

    by their deeds they prostituted themselves.

Therefore the Lord was angry with his people

    and abhorred his inheritance.

He gave them into the hands of the nations,

    and their foes ruled over them.

Their enemies oppressed them

    and subjected them to their power.

Many times he delivered them,

    but they were bent on rebellion

    and they wasted away in their sin.

Yet he took note of their distress

    when he heard their cry;

for their sake he remembered his covenant

    and out of his great love he relented.

He caused all who held them captive

    to show them mercy.

Save us, Lord our God,

    and gather us from the nations,

that we may give thanks to your holy name

    and glory in your praise.

Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,

    from everlasting to everlasting.

Let all the people say, “Amen!”

Praise the Lord.

Respond | Sarah Weidel

As I read aloud Psalm 106, verses 13 and 21 rang loudly in my ears. Verse 13 reads, "But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his plan to unfold" and verse 21, "They forgot the God who saved them..." It reminds me of the times I have forgotten God and focused instead on my own abilities, my own capacity to endure, the very strengths and gifts God has granted to me. In times of uncertainty and in "ordinary" times I sometimes fall back into reliance on myself instead of dedicating my time and focus to listening to God's word. Yet Psalm 106 tell us that God, " took note of their distress when he heard their cry (v.44)" Praying through this text reminds me to cry out to God for all that weighs on me and to intercede on the behalf of others.