Psalm 106:8 “Nevertheless he saved them for his name’s sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known.”
Israel had once again gotten into a place of trouble. They had forgotten what God had done for them in the past and now they were in despair.
As the Psalmist recalls what led to Israel’s troubles in the wilderness, we see that in spite of their short-sightedness, God acted anyway. There is a “nevertheless,” in this verse that says that God did what needed to be done. He still cared for His own, yes, even though they had wandered away.
Why did God do it? This verse gives us two reasons:
- “for His name’s sake” – Whatever they did brought honor or dishonor to God, because they were called by His Name. The same is true today, Christians are called such because they are to be “like Christ.” In fact, that is what the word “Christian” means. What we do as believers is either bringing honor or dishonor to Him.
- “that he might make his mighty power to be known” – God was concerned that both His people and the world know of His power. Not just power to destroy, but also power to help, to heal, to keep, and to provide.
In Israel’s day, the next generation after they arrived in the land forgot His power. Many Christians also fail to see God working in their lives.
It does not need to be that way. If you stay in the Word, in church, and in prayer, you also can see His power working in your life and on your behalf. God does it so that you might praise Him before the unsaved that they might want to know and serve Him, too.
God is good to those who love and serve Him. He wants to make his mighty power known, but it will have to come through the lips of those that love Him.