Everlasting Doxology
Psalm 106





Everlasting Doxology, Psalm 106. Why do we study history? That was a question I often asked myself when I was a child; history just seemed to be a collection of dates and battles. Through the study of history, we can see beyond our mere time and existence and gain a better perspective of who God is, who we are, and what is our true purpose in life.




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Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
Let all the people say, "Amen!"
Praise the LORD.
Psalm 106:48, NIV





Everlasting Doxology
Psalm 106



Why do we study history? That was a question I often asked myself when I was a child; history just seemed to be a collection of dates and battles. Through the years, however, my attitude has changed completely.


History (His Story) is the story of God's working among men, first in creation, then through His chosen people, and then throughout the entire world. Through the study of history, we can see beyond our mere time and existence and gain a better perspective of who God is, who we are, and what is our true purpose in life.



In Psalm 106, the Psalmist begins with acclamations of praise to God.



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.



The focus then shifts in verse 6.



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



Now the Psalmist moves to an historical sketch of the history of Israel and their turning away from the Lord. Throughout the narrative he recounts the faithfulness of God to His people, and then His turning away from them because of their continuing rejection of Him.



The Psalmist pleads with the Lord to be faithful to him and to keep Him from following in the sins of His ancestors, and ends with an everlasting doxology calling all of the people to praise the Lord.



As we think of the history of the world since that time, we can agree with the Psalmist. We see a history blotted with war and animosity against God, and yet we see the blessing God has bestowed upon the nations that have followed Him. So, have we learned this lesson from history?



When we look at our culture today, we sadly see the same pattern of rejection of God. It is just not politically correct anymore to be too religious or to look to the Bible as a guide for our lives.



As Christians, however we see God's faithfulness even though we live in a crooked and perverse nation. It is imperative that we conclude with the Psalmist, Let all the people say, "Amen!"



Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
Let all the people say, "Amen!"
Praise the LORD
.
Psalm 106:48







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