Then His people believed His promises. Then they sang His praise. Yet how quickly they forgot what He had done! They wouldn’t wait for His counsel! (Psalm 106:12-13)
You can see a drastic, neck-wrenching conversion between these two verses. And it’s a conversion in the wrong direction. Before these passages, the Psalmist was recounting the beginning of the Exodus, how the people rebelled, even from the start.
But God did something remarkable. He didn’t strike them down, nor did He allow their enemy to catch up and destroy them. No, instead, He saved them for the sake of His name, that He might make His power known. (v. 8) Yet how quickly they forgot what He had done! They wouldn’t wait for His counsel!
So what can we learn from this passage? That our faith and obedience is fleeting. That His nature is unchanging and eternal. If God has made a promise to you, He will keep it. That’s Who He is.
For your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. You rule throughout all generations. The LORD always keeps his promises; he is gracious in all he does. (Psalm 145:13)
God’s way is perfect. All the LORD’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection. (Psalm 18:30)
For I, the LORD, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed. (Malachi 3:6)
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)
The Hebrew word for quickly speaks of liquid, and flows easily. That is our nature.
For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust. As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. When the wind has passed over it, it is no more, and its place acknowledges it no longer. (Psalm 103:14-16)
For He remembered that they were merely mortal, gone like a breath of wind that never returns. (Psalm 78:39)
How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. (James 4:14)
The good news is found following those verses in Psalm 103: But the lovingkindness of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep His covenant and remember His precepts to do them. God gives a new and eternal nature when we love and obey Him.
If you want your life to mean something more than just grass, draw near to God–He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. (Hebrews 7:25)