Psalm 106:1-6, 20-24.
1 Praise the Lord; give thanks to the Lord, for he is good:
and his mercy endures for ever.
2 Who can express the mighty acts of the Lord:
or fully voice his praise?
3 Blessed are those who act according to justice:
who at all times do the right.
4 Remember me, O Lord,
when you visit your people with your favour:
and come to me also with your salvation,
5 That I may see the prosperity of your chosen:
that I may rejoice with the rejoicing of your people,
and exult with those who are your own.
6 We have sinned like our ancestors:
we have acted perversely and done wrong.
20 At Horeb they made themselves a calf:
and bowed down in worship to an image.
21 And so they exchanged the glory of God:
for the likeness of an ox that eats hay.
22 They forgot God who was their saviour:
that had done such great things in Egypt,
23 Who had worked his wonders in the land of Ham:
and his terrible deeds at the Red Sea.
24 Therefore he thought to destroy them:
had not Moses his servant stood before him in the breach,
to turn away his wrath from destroying them.
Notes on Psalm 106:1-6, 20-24.
This psalm picks up the themes and the specific incident of which we read in Exodus 32. Taking it here into the psalm is a reminder to the people of that time, and to us, that we can and do wander off and rebel. Yet God is faithful and loving and forgiving. One wonders how much divine head shaking goes on still when God looks at the messes we get ourselves into!