Psalm 106 is a great Psalm. It recounts the story of God working through his people in history, to save them from Egypt and bring them to the promised land. It opens with beautiful words, where we read at v.1 "Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good." 'For' is the grounds, the reason for the statement that precedes. We are to give thanks, because/for/on the grounds that God is good. God is good. That is an important theological truth, as real as gravity or the fact that we need oxygen to breath. God is good.
We would do well to start each day with a Psalm like 106, or 96, the other Psalm in today's readings. There, the call is to worship God. At v8, we read "Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name." The LORD is worthy of honor and glory. We should acknowledge it, freely, regularly, and with delight. It in turn lifts us.
But my thought for today, in addition to the above, comes from verse 25 in Psalm 26, where we read "They murmured in their tents." According to the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, murmuring/murmur, (in Hebrew, לוּן, lūn) "denotes the semi-articulated mutterings of disaffected persons." But in this verse, the Hebrew word is different, (רגן , rāghan) and "suggests the malicious whispering of slander."
To murmur against God, or others, to mutter under our breath, or to others, is to engage in malicious slander against God. It is related, in this Psalm, again, to not trusting in God's promise.
I do not think it would be reading too much into this text to say that when we 'murmur in our tents' as Christians, when we adopt an attitude of being disaffected by things, of complaining and being negative, we are sinning, in our core. When God's people murmur here in Psalm 106, the consequences appear out of proportion - if murmuring is not the great sin it is. See vv 26-27, and following. Murmuring ends very poorly, when not arrested. Look at vv 34-39. The consequences are not out of proportion. Murmuring is a slippery slope, and it can end very poorly at the bottom.
Spurgeon said "Murmuring hath in it much unbelief and distrust of God." He went on:
"From unbelief to murmuring is a short and natural step [I might reverse the order]; they even fell to weeping when they had the best ground for rejoicing. Murmuring is a great sin and not a mere weakness; it contains within itself unbelief, pride, rebellion, and a whole host of sins. It is a home sin, and is generally practised by complainers "in their tents, "but it is just as evil there as in the streets, and will be quite as grievous to the Lord." (Spurgeon's Treasury of David, on Psalm 106)
For reflection this morning: do we murmur in our tents? Verse 47 is our antidote. Call on the LORD, and give him thanks. Develop and cultivate thanks for his good providence, and 'glory in his praise.'
Derek Butler - I am a Christian, husband, father, son, brother, friend, reader, et al, all inadequately. This blog is a tool to encourage daily bible reading, for myself and others.
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