Israel’s Failure to Trust God
1Praise the Lord!
Thank the Lord because he is good.
His love continues forever.
2No one can tell all the mighty things the Lord has done;
no one can speak all his praise.
3Happy are those who do right,
who do what is fair at all times.
4Lord, remember me when you are kind to your people;
help me when you save them.
5Let me see the good things you do for your chosen people.
Let me be happy along with your happy nation;
let me join your own people in praising you.
6We have sinned just as our ancestors did.
We have done wrong; we have done evil.
7Our ancestors in Egypt
did not learn from your miracles.
They did not remember all your kindnesses,
so they turned against you at the Red Sea.
8But the Lord saved them for his own sake,
to show his great power.
9He commanded the Red Sea, and it dried up.
He led them through the deep sea as if it were a desert.
10He saved them from those who hated them.
He saved them from their enemies,
11and the water covered their foes.
Not one of them escaped.
12Then the people believed what the Lord said,
and they sang praises to him.
13But they quickly forgot what he had done;
they did not wait for his advice.
14They became greedy for food in the desert,
and they tested God there.
15So he gave them what they wanted,
but he also sent a terrible disease among them.
16The people in the camp were jealous of Moses
and of Aaron, the holy priest of the Lord.
17Then the ground opened up and swallowed Dathan
and closed over Abiram’s group.
18A fire burned among their followers,
and flames burned up the wicked.
19The people made a gold calf at Mount Sinai
and worshiped a metal statue.
20They exchanged their glorious God
for a statue of a bull that eats grass.
21They forgot the God who saved them,
who had done great things in Egypt,
22who had done miracles in Egypt
and amazing things by the Red Sea.
23So God said he would destroy them.
But Moses, his chosen one, stood before him
and stopped God’s anger from destroying them.
24Then they refused to go into the beautiful land of Canaan;
they did not believe what God promised.
25They grumbled in their tents
and did not obey the Lord.
26So he swore to them
that they would die in the desert.
27He said their children would be killed by other nations
and that they would be scattered among other countries.
28They joined in worshiping Baal at Peor
and ate meat that had been sacrificed to lifeless statues.
29They made the Lord angry by what they did,
so many people became sick with a terrible disease.
30But Phinehas prayed to the Lord,
and the disease stopped.
31Phinehas did what was right,
and it will be remembered from now on.
32The people also made the Lord angry at Meribah,
and Moses was in trouble because of them.
33The people turned against the Spirit of God,
so Moses spoke without stopping to think.
34The people did not destroy the other nations
as the Lord had told them to do.
35Instead, they mixed with the other nations
and learned their customs.
36They worshiped other nations’ idols
and were trapped by them.
37They even killed their sons and daughters
as sacrifices to demons.
38They killed innocent people,
their own sons and daughters,
as sacrifices to the idols of Canaan.
So the land was made unholy by their blood.
39The people became unholy by their sins;
they were unfaithful to God in what they did.
40So the Lord became angry with his people
and hated his own children.
41He handed them over to other nations
and let their enemies rule over them.
42Their enemies were cruel to them
and kept them under their power.
43The Lord saved his people many times,
but they continued to turn against him.
So they became even more wicked.
44But God saw their misery
when he heard their cry.
45He remembered his agreement with them,
and he felt sorry for them because of his great love.
46He caused them to be pitied
by those who held them captive.
47Lord our God, save us
and bring us back from other nations.
Then we will thank you
and will gladly praise you.
48Praise the Lord, the God of Israel.
He always was and always will be.
Let all the people say, “Amen!”
Praise the Lord!