June 7, 2017


Psalm 106:1–27

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Give Thanks to the Lord, for He Is Good

  Praise the LORD!
  Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
    for his steadfast love endures forever!
  Who can utter the mighty deeds of the LORD,
    or declare all his praise?
  Blessed are they who observe justice,
    who do righteousness at all times!
  Remember me, O LORD, when you show favor to your people;
    help me when you save them,1
  that I may look upon the prosperity of your chosen ones,
    that I may rejoice in the gladness of your nation,
    that I may glory with your inheritance.
  Both we and our fathers have sinned;
    we have committed iniquity; we have done wickedness.
  Our fathers, when they were in Egypt,
    did not consider your wondrous works;
  they did not remember the abundance of your steadfast love,
    but rebelled by the sea, at the Red Sea.
  Yet he saved them for his name's sake,
    that he might make known his mighty power.
  He rebuked the Red Sea, and it became dry,
    and he led them through the deep as through a desert.
10   So he saved them from the hand of the foe
    and redeemed them from the power of the enemy.
11   And the waters covered their adversaries;
    not one of them was left.
12   Then they believed his words;
    they sang his praise.
13   But they soon forgot his works;
    they did not wait for his counsel.
14   But they had a wanton craving in the wilderness,
    and put God to the test in the desert;
15   he gave them what they asked,
    but sent a wasting disease among them.
16   When men in the camp were jealous of Moses
    and Aaron, the holy one of the LORD,
17   the earth opened and swallowed up Dathan,
    and covered the company of Abiram.
18   Fire also broke out in their company;
    the flame burned up the wicked.
19   They made a calf in Horeb
    and worshiped a metal image.
20   They exchanged the glory of God2
    for the image of an ox that eats grass.
21   They forgot God, their Savior,
    who had done great things in Egypt,
22   wondrous works in the land of Ham,
    and awesome deeds by the Red Sea.
23   Therefore he said he would destroy them—
    had not Moses, his chosen one,
  stood in the breach before him,
    to turn away his wrath from destroying them.
24   Then they despised the pleasant land,
    having no faith in his promise.
25   They murmured in their tents,
    and did not obey the voice of the LORD.
26   Therefore he raised his hand and swore to them
    that he would make them fall in the wilderness,
27   and would make their offspring fall among the nations,
    scattering them among the lands.


[1] 106:4 Or Remember me, O Lord, with the favor you show to your people; help me with your salvation
[2] 106:20 Hebrew exchanged their glory


Key Verse | Psalm 106:21–22

They forgot God, their Savior,
who had done great things in Egypt,
wondrous works in the land of Ham,
and awesome deeds by the Red Sea.
(Psalm 106:21-22)

Central Truth

All too often we forget who God is and what He has done for us—causing us to be ungrateful, discontented people who worship worthless things.

Devotional | Psalm 106:1–27

Memory begins to work when we are in the womb—as early as 20 weeks after conception! I’m a Ph.D. student studying cognition and neuroscience, and I am in awe of God’s incredible design of the human brain. There is...

Memory begins to work when we are in the womb—as early as 20 weeks after conception! I’m a Ph.D. student studying cognition and neuroscience, and I am in awe of God’s incredible design of the human brain. There is still so much that we don’t know about how memory works or, in the case of Psalm 106, doesn’t work.

Psalm 106 describes the Israelites' forgetfulness throughout history. The passage tells us the Israelites sinned, rebelled, did not wait for His counsel, worshiped an idol, forgot God, had no faith in His promise, and did not obey the voice of the Lord.

God had done miracles right before their eyes. He protected them throughout 10 plagues and brought them out of slavery in Egypt, He even parted the sea! “But they soon forgot his works” (Psalm 106:13a). How could they possibly forget such amazing works? But before I judge the Israelites too quickly for their amnesia, I need to acknowledge that I am just like them—prone to forget God’s résumé and character. Prone to get so caught up in my own agenda that I forget Jesus died so I could have life.

When I forget this truth, it leads me to be ungrateful and discontented and to place an unhealthy value on things that ultimately don’t matter. Because of my forgetfulness, I have to remind myself every day: 1) who God is, and 2) who I am in light of who God is. Psalm 106 tells us God is good; His steadfast love endures forever; He saved His people from the hand of the foe and redeemed them; He has done great things, wondrous works, and awesome deeds.

It’s ironic how we often forget the things worth remembering, but remember the things worth forgetting. Our brain has an immeasurable capacity to remember, but it takes effort. We must take action to invest in remembering the right things. Joshua gave us a great example when he set up stones of remembrance as a memorial of God’s faithfulness in helping the Israelites cross the Jordan River (Joshua 4:20-24). What “stones” will you set up today to help you remember what God has done in your life?

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Bio | Julie Fratantoni

Hi, I’m Julie. I am a perfectionist trying to earn love and find my worth in achievements. I am weighed down with guilt and shame from my past.

Whoa—Hold up! I forgot who I was for a moment. I’ve been made new through my relationship with Jesus. Let’s try that again:

Hi, I’m Julie. I am loved unconditionally. I am forgiven. I have hope, never-ending joy, and eternal life with Christ.

I serve as a coach for community group leaders. One part of coaching is to remind my leaders of their identity in Christ when they forget.

Discussion Questions

1. How often do you praise God for the great works He has done for you? Do you share with others what God has done in your life? Read Psalm 77:11-14 and Psalm 103:2-5. Reflect on what God has done in your life and tell a co-worker or friend about it today.

2. Your brain remembers best when it’s exposed to information repeatedly and on many occasions (i.e., practicing a little each day versus cramming right before a test). Reading God’s Word and memorizing Scripture are great ways to remind yourself who God is and what He has done for you. How often do you read your Bible? (You’re already off to a great start by reading this!) But how often do you remember what you read? Memorizing or meditating on Scripture will help you remember what you read. I challenge you to memorize one verse by practicing it every day for a week. (If you need a place to start, try Lamentations 3:22-23. It’s one of my favorite reminders of God’s faithfulness.)

3. The Israelites exchanged God for an image of an ox that eats grass. What have you exchanged God for (e.g., popularity, material possessions, recognition, fleeting pleasures, wealth, etc.)?

4. Because we are prone to forget, it is good to have others in your life who can remind you of truth. Do you have community around you who can point you back to truth when it’s hard to remember? If you don’t, you can email community@watermark.org for help in finding Watermark community near you (in the DFW area) or a church home near you.

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