Giving Thanks

Sunday June 27, 2021

Dr. Richard L. Hamm

Psalm 106 is a companion of Psalm 105. Sin and grace are their respected themes. The psalmist begins by praising Yahweh for His steadfast love, mentioning His mighty works, and affirming the importance of keeping Yahweh’s commands. When the two psalms are placed in a juxtaposition you clearly see the faithfulness of Yahweh, His mighty deeds performed, and His extraordinary patience in Israel’s behalf. This is in stark contrast to the mournful details of Israel’s sin, their lawlessness, rebellion, and how quickly they forgot God’s faithfulness to them. Sadly, Israel’s history is filled with faithlessness and ingratitude. This Psalm begins and ends with Hallelujah—“Praise ye the Lord.” The follower of Christ must reflect a perpetual attitude of “praising the Lord” and “giving Him thanks in everything.” You will do well to embrace and follow such hortatory words to “bless the Lord at the beginning and the end of your day.”