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Psalm 106:44-45 & meaning...

Nevertheless 

he regarded their distress, when he heard their cry.

Psalm 106:44-45

Context

Psalm 106 [40.] Therefore Yahweh burned with anger against his people.

   He abhorred his inheritance.

He gave them into the hand of the nations.

   Those who hated them ruled over them.

Their enemies also oppressed them.

   They were brought into subjection under their hand.

Many times he delivered them,

   but they were rebellious in their counsel,

   and were brought low in their iniquity.

Nevertheless he regarded their distress,

   when he heard their cry.

He remembered for them his covenant,

   and repented according to the multitude of his loving kindnesses.

He made them also to be pitied

   by all those who carried them captive.


Meaning:

  • Human Frailty and Divine Response:

The opening phrase, "Nevertheless he regarded their distress," acknowledges the human frailty and disobedience of the Israelites. Despite their shortcomings, God responds to their distress. It's a poignant reminder that even in the face of our failings, God's compassion and mercy prevail.

  • Hearing Their Cry:

The mention of God hearing their cry emphasizes the relational aspect of God's interaction with His people. It conveys the idea that God is attentive to the heartfelt cries and needs of His children, responding to their genuine expressions of distress.

Cross-Reference: Exodus 2:23-25: "During that long period, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob." The theme of God hearing the cries of His people is echoed in the Exodus narrative.

  • Covenant Remembrance:

The subsequent phrase, "He remembered for them his covenant," underscores God's faithfulness to His promises. Despite the unfaithfulness of the Israelites, God recalls the covenant made with their forefathers, demonstrating His commitment to fulfill His redemptive plan.

Cross-Reference: Deuteronomy 7:9: "Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations." The concept of God remembering and keeping covenant is reiterated in the broader biblical context.

  • Repentance and Loving-Kindness:

The verse concludes with the profound statement, "and repented according to the multitude of his loving-kindness." God's repentance here doesn't imply wrongdoing on His part but rather a change in His dealings with the people. This change is driven by His abundant loving-kindness, emphasizing God's compassion and desire for reconciliation.


Practical Application:

God's Responsive Nature: Psalm 106:44-45 invites us to contemplate God's responsiveness to our cries. In moments of distress, our heartfelt appeals don't fall on deaf ears. God, in His mercy, is attuned to our needs and responds accordingly.

Covenant Assurance: The covenant remembrance signifies the enduring nature of God's promises. In times of our unfaithfulness, God remains faithful to His covenant. This assurance encourages us to trust in the unchanging character of God.


In conclusion, Psalm 106:44-45 encapsulates a dynamic interplay between human frailty, divine responsiveness, covenant remembrance, and the outpouring of God's loving-kindness. As we reflect on these verses, may we find comfort in the understanding that our cries do not go unheard, and God's faithfulness endures, bringing forth repentance and reconciliation through His abundant loving-kindness.


PIB Scriptures are derived from the World English Bible