Recommended Reading Psalm 106 & 107
(Best when read in New Living Translation & The Message Translation)
Psalm 106 is such a wonderful story capsule of God, His people and how they interacted. It abbreviates some of their important history and expresses God’s deep love for them. In verse 23 (The Message) we are reminded of how the people had angered God to the point He had determined that He was going to destroy them and just start over. However, Moses intervened, begging God not to do it and God changed His mind. “Fed up, God decided to get rid of them— and except for Moses, his chosen, he would have. But Moses stood in the gap and deflected God’s anger, prevented it from destroying them utterly.” One man of faith – Moses – changed the history of the Israelites.
Then in verses 28-30 (NLT) we read again about how the people gave into their depravity. “Then our ancestors joined in the worship of Baal at Peor; they even ate sacrifices offered to the dead! They angered the Lord with all these things, so a plague broke out among them. But Phinehas had the courage to intervene, and the plague was stopped.” One man of faith – Phinehas, one of their priests – changed their lives.
The Israelites were so full of evil that they continued to break the heart of the God that loved them so much, even as He repeatedly showed His majesty to them. Verses 43-45 (NLT) tells us how they just did not seem to learn their lessons – they repeated their sins over and over again. Yet when they would cry out to Him for mercy, He would forgive them and save them. “Again and again he rescued them, but they chose to rebel against him, and they were finally destroyed by their sin. Even so, he pitied them in their distress and listened to their cries. He remembered his covenant with them and relented because of his unfailing love.”
Society today is no better than the Israelites were in the day of Moses. We take for granted all the wonderful things we have and the good lives offered to us – especially those fortunate enough to live in the United States. Unfortunately, our society has been sliding down the slippery slope of sin and depravity for many years. There are things going on today that I could never have imagined I would witness in my lifetime!
Way too many of our young people have been so indoctrinated with erroneous ideas that there is little to no respect for their parents and others in authority. They speak and act in such despicable ways that it is shocking.
Then we have the more “powerful” in our society – politicians, entertainment and sports celebrities, super wealthy business people – they cannot seem to be satisfied with all they have. They want more influence, more money, more of everything. This greed drives them to be irrational in words and actions and they will step over and/or on anyone that dares to get in their way. For them it is all about me, mine and ours – forget the peons around us!
We are seeing hatred shown toward anyone that does not believe the same way, act the same way, speak the same way. Foul language is spewed in the face of innocent bystanders – physical harm threatened or actually perpetrated onto people, homes, businesses. Disrespect and violence is shown toward our police – those people that are the only thing standing between us and anarchy.
Do we have to give in and give up in order to just get along? What are we to do? How can we possibly stand against this? Change this?
First, we absolutely DO NOT have to give in or give up. We all have equal rights to believe what we want to believe and to express those beliefs!
Next, we need to stand strong – not allowing fear to overtake us. Remember – our God is stronger and more powerful than the gods they are serving!
Finally, we “stand” against this evil by getting on our knees and expressing our faith in the God of us all. We can do as Moses did and as Phinehas did – we can stand in the gap, plead the case and turn it all over to God – we need to intervene! It is at the point of being critical to our lives as we know them.
I believe that the Critical Intervention of believers is what is needed right now. We need to stop just thinking about it. Stop just talking about it. We need to step up and take action. What can we expect when we do this? We can expect God to take action on our behalf just as He did for the Israelites when they sincerely cried out for help.
Here are some examples from Psalm 107 (NLT):
“‘Lord, help!’ they cried in their trouble, and he rescued them from their distress. He led them straight to safety, to a city where they could live.” (Verses 6-7)
“‘Lord, help!’ they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He led them from the darkness and deepest gloom; he snapped their chains.” (Verse 13-14)
“Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He sent out his word and healed them, snatching them from the door of death.” (Verses 19-20)
“‘Lord, help!’ they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He calmed the storm to a whisper and stilled the waves. What a blessing was that stillness as he brought them safely into harbor!” (Verses 28-30)
They called out and He led them to safety, He snapped the chains of darkness & gloom, He healed them and He put them into the middle of a calmness. Would it not be wonderful to have all that in our lives today? That is why we must use our authority for Critical Intervention. As Albert Einstein said: “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.”
Written by Karran Martin – September 15, 2020