We read Psalm 106 this morning at family worship.
(In God's providence, we will have Psalm 107 tomorrow - Thanksgiving - which begins, 'O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good: for His mercy endureth for ever.')
But back to this morning:
Psalm 106 begins by telling us how God dealt with the children of Israel, and how they were wondrously and miraculously saved from Egypt. Having been taken through the Red Sea, and having seen their enemies destroyed,
'...they sang His praise'. (v12)
It's looking so hopeful. But only for one verse.
Just one verse!
We then read,
They soon forgot His works; they waited not for His counsel; (v13)
Is your first reaction, 'I would never have acted like that'? Well, I'm not so sure we don't. Doesn't God deliver us time and time again - be it from danger, from sin, or from trials..... and time and time again, we praise Him for a time ... and soon forget our deliverance.
Very quickly, we are back to our moaning and complaining ways.
Very quickly we forget all He has done for us, and we take our blessings for granted.
Very quickly, we begin worrying again, despite His promises and His provision for us in the past.
We really aren't that different to the children of Israel after all, are we?
God provided salvation for them. Salvation!
They were redeemed by His mighty acts. Redemption!
Released from bondage. Liberty!
Surely, their praise would last forever! How could they ever forget God's goodness to them?
But, we are told, they:
'lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert'. (v14)
However, the next verse is the one that made me stop and take notice.
This is what God did in answer to their lusting and their complaining and their lack of thanksgiving.
And He gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul. (v15)
Is this what God has given us? We lack for nothing. Our cupboards are full to overflowing. But are our souls lean?
And let us answer this honestly: what deprivations would we be willing to suffer to have our souls full?
I need to ask myself this question. And I need to search my soul and be honest in my answer.