“Praise the LORD! Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever.” Psalm 106:1 (NLT)
I had to laugh when my good friend, Dr. Charles Lowery, recalled the story of when he was about 10 years old and his parents took his brother and him to the beach. He said that his parents set their towels and umbrella on the shore and let the boys go out in the water by themselves. In a short while, he said that he and his brother looked up from the water and couldn’t find their parents. As they scanned the beach, he said they spotted them, but for some reason they had moved about 20 yards from where they had entered the water. They thought at first that their parents were trying to lose them! Then they noticed that the hotel had moved about the same space! Only then did it dawn on them that they were the ones that had moved. They had drifted from the spot where they entered the water and didn’t even realize it. If you’ve ever been to the beach you’ve probably experienced the same thing. The current of the water and the tide have a way of shifting your location and before long you drift without even recognizing how far you’ve gone until you look up. That can happen in life as well. You can drift in your relationship with God, with your spouse and your family. We are all prone to drifting. Pressures, distractions, and cultural currents cause us to drift.
Psalm 106 was written to a nation that had drifted from God. The nation was in trouble. It’s as relevant for us today as it was when it was written for Israel. By now, most of us, regardless of our political persuasion, would admit that God, not government is the only hope for our nation. For the month of October, we want to carefully and personally reflect on the verses in this Psalm as we consider how far we have drifted from God. I want to challenge you to join me for this practical journey of personal introspection and repentance by reading Psalm 106 prayerfully each day as we turn our hearts together to God and reclaim the promise of 2 Chronicles 7:14 where God says, “If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
Psalm 106 lays out twenty specific ways that we have drifted from God. The first one is found in our verse today, “Praise the LORD! Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever.” Psalm 106:1 (NLT) This verse links Psalm 106 to the previous Psalm. Psalm 105 is a summary of God’s faithfulness and miraculous works while Psalm 106 is a summary of our sinfulness. When we consider the faithfulness and goodness of God, we recall the miracles He has done in our lives. Yet, how often have we found ourselves forgetting those miracles and growing complacent and apathetic in our relationship with God. Before we know it, we are adrift spiritually. It’s time to look up and see how far we have drifted and pray, “Lord, I have drifted far from You and am turning back. Please bring to my mind the ways that I have given no thought to the miracles You have done in my life.”
Spend a few moments today in prayer reflecting on the miracles that God has done in your life. Your very life is a miracle from God. It is a manifestation of God’s life. The bible says, “In Him we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17:28 (NIV) As you give thought to the miracles God has done in your life, join the Psalmist in praise giving thanks for His goodness! Even though we may drift away, He never does. His faithful love endures forever!