Psalms 105 and 106 are very similar in that both tell the story of Israel. But in reading them, I discovered a very different focus.
Psalm 105 highlights God’s faithfulness from the time He made a covenant with Abraham until He brought Abraham’s descendants out of Egypt.
Psalm 106 takes up the story there but the mood changes in verse 6: God’s chosen and favored people are found fickle–guilty of the following offenses:
Were not impressed by the Lord’s miracles.
Forgot his many acts of kindness.
Rebelled against him.
Tested God’s patience.
Grew envious of God’s appointed leaders.
“Traded their glorious God for a statue of a grass-eating ox!”
Refused to enter the promised land, disbelieving God’s promise to care for them.
Grumbled and refused to obey.
Mingled with pagans and adopted their evil customs, even child sacrifice.
What doesn’t change, however is God’s faithfulness. Yes, He did send plagues and allowed them to be subjugated, but He refrained from wiping them out as they deserved. Over and over He pitied them, relented, and rescued them from their enemies. This is our God, still faithful today. Am I faithful or fickle?
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good!
His faithful love endures forever. (Ps 106:1)