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.
Jeremiah 33:3 “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”
This Bible verse is one of the great promises of God in relation to prayer. It is practically a challenge to the child of God that if they want to see God work mightily, they need to seek Him and specifically ask for it.
It also reveals that God wants to do great things that we might praise Him for it. The things He wants to do for us, according to the verse, are “great and mighty things.” This means things that will amaze us.
This verse does not stop there, but even goes a step further than that. It says that He wants to do things “which thou knowest not.” This means things that you don’t even think about. He wants to do things that we don’t even dream of. We really do not have any idea of how much God wants to work on our behalf and for His own glory.
I have to wonder how many believers are reading this that see those kind of works of God very often. I doubt that it is very many. By grace, I have seen Him do some things far beyond my expectations – but I would like to see much more.
This Bible verse, however, also contains something we need to think about very carefully. If He primarily only responds when we call and ask for Him to do so, then it means that the reason we do not see those “great and mighty things” more frequently is largely our own fault. James agrees with this, when he says: “Ye have not because ye ask not.”
The work of God is being limited because we fail to ask for those “great and mighty things” more often. Of course, He also wants us to live holy lives. Through those who do so, and who seek Him, His work can mightily go forward.