New Defender's Study Bible Notes
106:15 leanness. Instead of the nourishing manna, the “bread from heaven,” which they despised (Numbers 21:5), God sent them a surfeit of bird-meat, which became “loathsome” (Numbers 11:20) when it caused a great plague that took many lives (Numbers 11:33,34). The word “leanness” refers basically to physical emaciation, but may here refer to an even more sobering warning. If our prayers focus primarily on physical rather than spiritual desires, God’s answer may be one of physical satiation but spiritual poverty.
106:22 land of Ham. As in Psalm 105:23,27, the psalmist confirms that Egypt was originally settled by Ham and his sons (“Egypt” is Mizraim).
106:28 sacrifices of the dead. The “joining” of the Israelites to the licentious idol worship of the Moabites took place in the time of Moses (Numbers 25:1-3), and included the eating of sacrifices offered to the false gods of the Moabites, especially Baal. See note on Numbers 25:3. Although not mentioned in the Numbers account, this inspired commentary in the psalm intimates that these orgies, which included the sacrificing of infants (Psalm 106:37), may even have involved cannibalism. The terrible judgment of God as a result (Numbers 25:3-9) is understandable.
106:37 devils. This was (and still is, today, in a modern setting) the end result of professing believers compromising with evolutionary pantheism, which ascribes the work of creation to the forces of nature, perhaps as personified by various gods and goddesses. This compromise will eventually corrupt and destroy their own children.
106:47 O LORD our God. The last two verses of Psalm 106 correspond to the last two verses of David’s psalm in I Chronicles 16:8-36. This further confirms the indications that Psalms 103–106 were all written by David as an integrated series. See notes on Psalms 104:35 and 105:8.
106:48 all the people say, Amen. This is the last of sixteen times in the Bible where this or a similar statement occurs, noting that after an important statement, all the congregation was to respond with an “Amen!” (or “that’s right”). The first twelve are in Deuteronomy 27:14-26. Also note I Chronicles 16:36 and Nehemiah 5:13; 8:6.
106:48 Blessed be the LORD. This is the doxology ending Book IV of the Psalms.