Praise the LORD!
Oh, give thanks for the LORD, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.
Who can utter the mighty acts of the LORD?
Who can declare all His praise?
Blessed are those who keep justice,
And he who does righteousness at all times!
Remember me, O LORD, with the favor You have toward Your people. Oh, visit me with Your salvation,
That I may see the benefit of Your chosen ones,
That I may rejoice in the gladness of Your nations,
That I may glory with Your inheritance.
These opening verses of Psalm 106 praise the LORD for the following three characteristics: goodness, mercy, and power. So, the psalmist asks for God to remember Him by pouring out grace and delivering him. The psalmist desires the benefit, joy, and glory which belongs to every child of God.
When studying the Psalms, we study the heart. The Psalms are essential experiential literature. When we understand them as such, we are able to rightly apply what we are reading. We are looking into the heart of a human author and his relationship with his great God. While this is the inspired Word of God, inspiration has a human component that cannot be denied. Therefore, we profit greatly as we study the heart-desires of each psalmist. The first key desire is expressed by the words…
Remember Me with the Favor
This is the definitive favor God gives to His people, His chosen ones, and those of His inheritance. Our context makes it clear that these people consist of the nation of Israel. Christians find the definitive favor of God in Christ Jesus. We, too, are God’s people, His chosen ones, and those of His inheritance. We share in the faith of our father, Abraham (Romans 4). 1 Peter 2.9 says that we “are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people.” Paul reminds us that the Holy Spirit is the “guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory” (Ephesians 1.14). Therefore, we pray for God to remember His favor and grace which come through Jesus Christ.
A second key desire is found in…
The Benefit of God’s Chosen Ones
Our idea of what is truly beneficial in life is different from what God deems beneficial. Men of the world have their portion in this life. God fills their belly with hidden treasure, satisfies them, and provides for their children (Psalm 17.14). “Their eyes bulge with abundance; they have more than heart could wish,” according to Asaph (Psalm 73.7).
True riches and honor are with Wisdom personified in Christ. He has enduring riches and righteousness (Proverbs 8.18). Our God visits us with His salvation and deliverance – not only temporal salvation but eternal salvation.
A third key desire is expressed by the words…
That I May Rejoice and Glory
We greatly rejoice even while grieved by various trials (1 Peter 1.6). We do not yet see Jesus, “yet believing, [we] rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory” (1 Peter 1.8). “And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance” (Romans 5.3). Even “in the multitude of my anxieties within me, [the LORD’s] comforts delight my soul” (Psalm 94.19). Imagine the joy and glory which awaits us!
So, these three desires of the psalmist find parallels for readers today. God received the prayer of the psalmist and preserved it as a pattern for His people today. We desire God’s favor and a satisfying, happy life. God wants us to pray for this. We must pray and not lose heart.
- “Open your mouth wide, and [the LORD] will fill it” (Psalm 81.10).
- “O You who hear prayer, to You all flesh will come” (Psalm 65.2).
- “The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but the prayer of the upright is His delight” (Proverbs 15.8).
There is nothing you cannot bring to God. Ask believing from a broken and contrite heart, and you will find God willing and able to provide it. May God visit us with His salvation daily. May we desire it daily.
- Do I have an inordinate desire for the things of this world? This world cannot make a child of God satisfied or happy. I will never have as much as Solomon had. He concluded that wealth was vain and empty. I look toward an incorruptible and undefined, uncontainable inheritance that does not fade away. It is reserved in heaven not on earth (1 Peter 1.4).
- Am I laboring in God’s vineyard for an eternal reward? I shouldn’t dwell upon my unworthiness. I acknowledge it as a reality and call upon God to remember me, to remember His favor toward me. His favor is undeserved and unmerited. It is granted to me in Christ. I need only believe. I must not waver in unbelief. I shall have my desires as I dwell and abide in Him. I must delight myself in the Lord, and He will give me the desires of my heart (Psalm 37.4).