Psalm 106 Prayed

Psalm 106 Prayed
The people of God confessing their unfaithfulness

Learning from Israel’s mistakes
   We praise you, O Lord.

   We give thanks to you Lord, for you are good;
            your love endures forever.
  Who can proclaim your mighty acts, O Lord
            or fully declare your praise?
   Blessed are they who maintain justice,
            who constantly do what is right.
   Remember us, O Lord,
            when you show favour to your people,
            come to our aid when you save us,
   that we may enjoy the prosperity of your chosen
            ones,
            that we may share in the joy of your nation
            and join your inheritance in giving praise.
   For you qualified us to share in the inheritance of
            the saints
            in the kingdom of light.
   For you rescued us from the dominion of darkness
            and brought us into the kingdom of your Son,
            whom you love.
   In him we have redemption,
            the forgiveness of sins.

   Yet we have sinned, even as our fathers did;
            we have done wrong and acted wickedly.
   We are no different from ancient Israel,
            we, the Church, have been rebellious too.
   When Israel's fathers 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 you saved them for your name’s sake,
            just as you saved us,
            to make your mighty power known.
   You rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up;
            you led them through the depths as through a
            desert.
   You saved them from the hand of the foe;
            from the hand of the enemy you redeemed
            them.
   The waters covered their adversaries;
            not one of them survived.
   Then they believed you promises
            and sang your praise.

   But ancient Israel soon forgot what you had done
            and did not wait for your counsel.
   In the desert they gave in to their craving;
            in the wasteland they put you, O God, to the
            test.
   So you gave them what they asked for,
            but sent a wasting disease upon them.

   In the camp they grew envious of Moses
            and of Aaron, who was consecrated you.
   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 Glory
            for an image of a bull, which eats grass.
   Just like the rest of humanity,
             although they knew you,
            they neither glorified you as God
            nor gave thanks to you,
   but their thinking became futile
            and their foolish hearts were darkened. 
   Although they claimed to be wise,
            they became fools
   and exchanged the glory of the immortal God
            for images made to look like mortal man
            and birds and animals and reptiles.
   Therefore you gave them over in the sinful desires
            of their hearts
            to sexual impurity for the degrading of their
            bodies with one another. 
   They exchanged the truth of God for a lie,
            and worshiped and served created things
            rather than the Creator—
            who is forever praised. Amen.
   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 you said you would destroy them—
            had not Moses, your chosen one,
   stood in the breach before you
            to keep your wrath from destroying them.
   How much more do we need one who speaks to
             you, O Father, in our defence—
            Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 
   He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins,
            and not only for ours
            but also for the sins of the whole world.
   And he is able to save us completely
            those of us who come to you through him,
            because he always lives to intercede for us.

   Then ancient Israel despised the pleasant land;
            they did not believe your promise.
   They grumbled in their tents
            and did not obey you O Lord.
   They were not able to enter,
            because of their unbelief.
   So you swore to them with uplifted hand
            that you would make them fall in the desert,
   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 provoked the you to anger by their wicked
            deeds,
            and a plague broke out among them.
   But Phinehas stood up and intervened,
            he took a spear in his hand.
   He drove the spear through both of them,
            through the Israelite and the Moabite woman’s
            body,
            and the plague was checked.
   This was credited to him as righteousness
            when you made a covenant of peace with him,
            for endless generations to come.
   And also for us,
            you have credited righteousness,
   for we believe in you,
            who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.
   Because the ministry Jesus has received
            is as superior to theirs
   as the covenant of which he is mediator
            is superior to the old one,
              and it is founded on better promises.
   By calling this covenant “new,”
            you have made the first one obsolete.

Confessing our common need of God’s grace
   By the waters of Meribah they angered you, O
            Lord,
            and trouble came to Moses because of them;
   for they rebelled against the Holy Spirit of God,
            and rash words came from Moses’ lips.

   They did not destroy the peoples
            as you had commanded them,
   but they mingled with the nations
            and adopted their customs.
   Just as we, your Church can be conformed
             to the pattern of this world,
            rather than being transformed
             by the renewing of our minds.
   Just as we can be an adulterous people,
            forgetting that friendship with the world
            is hatred towards you, O God.
   They worshiped their idols,
            which became a snare to them.
   They sacrificed their sons
            and their daughters to demons.
   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 you were angry with your people
            and abhorred your inheritance.
   You handed them over to the nations,
            and their foes ruled over them.
   Their enemies oppressed them
            and subjected them to their power.
   Many times you delivered them,
            but they were bent on rebellion
            and they wasted away in their sin.
   But you took note of their distress
            when you heard their cry;
   for their sake you remembered your covenant
            and out of your great love you relented.
   You caused them to be pitied
            by all who held them captive.

   Now these things occurred as examples
            to keep us from setting our hearts on evil
            things as they did. 
   Keep us from being idolaters, O Lord,
            as some of them were.
   Help us not commit sexual immorality,
            as some of them did
            and in one day twenty-three thousand of them
            died. 
   We do not want to test you, O Lord,
            as some of them did—
            and were killed by snakes.
   We do not want to grumble,
            as some of them did—
            and were killed by the destroying angel.
   These things happened to them as examples
            and were written down as warnings for us,
            on whom the fulfilment of the ages has come. 
   So give us humility,
            so that if we think we are standing firm,
            we are careful that we don’t fall! 
   Help us remember that no temptation has seized us
             except what is common to humanity.
   And help us always remember that you are faithful;
            you will not let us be tempted beyond what we
            can bear.
   But when we are tempted, you will also provide a
            way out
            so that you can stand up under it.

   Therefore save us, O 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.
   Praise be to the Lord, the God of the Church,
            from everlasting to everlasting.

   Let all the people say, “Amen!”
            Praise the Lord Jesus.




Psalm 106


1   Praise the LORD.
     Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
            his love endures forever.
2   Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the
            LORD
            or fully declare his praise?
3   Blessed are they who maintain justice,
            who constantly do what is right.
4   Remember me, O LORD, when you show
            favour to your people,
            come to my aid when you save them,
5    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.
Col. 1:12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.  13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,  14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

6   We have sinned, even as our fathers did;
            we have done wrong and acted wickedly.

7   When our fathers 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.
8   Yet he saved them for his name’s sake,

            to make his mighty power known.
9   He rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up;
            he led them through the depths as
            through a desert.
10   He saved them from the hand of the foe;
            from the hand of the enemy he redeemed
            them.
11   The waters covered their adversaries;
            not one of them survived.
12   Then they believed his promises
            and sang his praise.

13   But they soon forgot what he had done
            and did not wait for his counsel.
14   In the desert they gave in to their craving;
            in the wasteland they put God to the test.
15   So he gave them what they asked for,
            but sent a wasting disease upon them.

16   In the camp they grew envious of Moses
            and of Aaron, who was consecrated to the
            LORD.
17   The earth opened up and swallowed Dathan;
            it buried the company of Abiram.
18   Fire blazed among their followers;
            a flame consumed the wicked.

19   At Horeb they made a calf
            and worshiped an idol cast from metal.
20   They exchanged their Glory
            for an image of a bull, which eats grass.
Rom. 1:21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.  22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. 24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.  25 They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.


21   They forgot the God who saved them,
            who had done great things in Egypt,
22   miracles in the land of Ham
            and awesome deeds by the Red Sea.
23   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.
1John 2:1  My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defence—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.  2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
Heb. 7:25 Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
24   Then they despised the pleasant land;
            they did not believe his promise.
25   They grumbled in their tents
            and did not obey the LORD.
Heb. 3:19 So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.
26   So he swore to them with uplifted hand
            that he would make them fall in the desert,
27   make their descendants fall among the
            nations
            and scatter them throughout the lands.

28   They yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor
            and ate sacrifices offered to lifeless gods;
29   they provoked the LORD to anger by their
            wicked deeds,
            and a plague broke out among them.
30a   But Phinehas stood up and intervened,
Num. 25:7 … took a spear in his hand 8 ..He drove the spear through both of them—through the Israelite and into the woman’s body…
30b            and the plague was checked.
31a This was credited to him as righteousness
Num. 25:12 Therefore tell him I am making my covenant of peace with him.
31b            for endless generations to come.
Rom. 4:24 but also for us, to whom God will  credit righteousness —for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.
Heb. 8:6 But the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, and it is founded on better promises… 13 By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete…

32   By the waters of Meribah they angered the
            LORD,
            and trouble came to Moses because of
            them;
33   for they rebelled against the Spirit of God,
            and rash words came from Moses’ lips.
34   They did not destroy the peoples
            as the LORD had commanded them,
35   but they mingled with the nations
            and adopted their customs.
Rom. 12:2  Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
James 4:4  You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
36   They worshiped their idols,
            which became a snare to them.
37   They sacrificed their sons
            and their daughters to demons.
38   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.
39   They defiled themselves by what they did;
            by their deeds they prostituted
            themselves.
40   Therefore the LORD was angry with his
            people
            and abhorred his inheritance.
41   He handed them over to the nations,
            and their foes ruled over them.
42   Their enemies oppressed them
            and subjected them to their power.
43   Many times he delivered them,
            but they were bent on rebellion
            and they wasted away in their sin.
44   But he took note of their distress
            when he heard their cry;
45   for their sake he remembered his covenant
            and out of his great love he relented.
46   He caused them to be pitied
            by all who held them captive.
1Cor. 10:6                Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did.  7 Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written: “The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in pagan revelry.”  8 We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did—and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died.  9 We should not test the Lord, as some of them did—and were killed by snakes.  10 And do not grumble, as some of them did—and were killed by the destroying angel. 11   These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfilment of the ages has come.  12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!  13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

47   Save us, O LORD our God,
            and gather us from the nations,
       that we may give thanks to your holy name
            and glory in your praise.

48   Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel,
            from everlasting to everlasting.

       Let all the people say, “Amen!”
            Praise the LORD.

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