“Yet he saved them for his name’s sake, that he might make known his mighty power.” (Psalm 106:8)
This statement follows verses six and seven which tell us about the circumstances in which God acted. The Israelites needed saving. What’s more, they were doing nothing to encourage their being saved. The truth is they were guilty of sin, iniquity, and wickedness. Add to that the fact that they paid no attention to God in spite of all He had done. They forgot God’s great love for them and how He had manifested His power in the presence of their enemies.
We wonder then why God bothered with them. This wasn’t the last time either. It is a scenario which is repeated over and over again through the ages. Here they were standing before the sea with the army of Pharaoh behind them. All they could remember was how powerful that force was. They forgot the plagues. They forgot who God was and they rebelled against Him and wanted to return back before they were destroyed.
Our verse explains a lot about God and the subject of salvation. Whether we are talking about the Hebrews leaving Egypt or modern day mankind who insist on living in Egypt the truth of salvation is the same. Note: those being saved are not being saved because they are deserving. Not in the least. Sinners and rebels every single one of us. We are doomed to eternal destruction because of it without any hope of rescue other than love.
God saved them because He is God. Let that sink in for a minute or two. God saved them and us because of His very nature as God. His name is at stake. His power is at stake. John makes it plain, doesn’t he? “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” Because God is love, He saves us because of His love.
Task for Today: Acknowledge that you are a rebellious sinner and without hope of salvation other than the love of God. Embrace the love of God. Quit trying to fake it or make in on your own. Let God be your savior. You obey God; God removes your sins with the blood of His Son. Easy.