Sunday, October 02, 2011

Psalm 105

The Eternal Faithfulness of the LORD
1 Oh, give thanks to the LORD!
Call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples!
2 Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him;
Talk of all His wondrous works!
3 Glory in His holy name;
Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LORD!
4 Seek the LORD and His strength;
Seek His face evermore!
5 Remember His marvelous works which He has done,
His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth,
6 O seed of Abraham His servant,
You children of Jacob, His chosen ones!

7 He is the LORD our God;
His judgments are in all the earth.
8 He remembers His covenant forever,
The word which He commanded, for a thousand generations,
9 The covenant which He made with Abraham,
And His oath to Isaac,
10 And confirmed it to Jacob for a statute,
To Israel as an everlasting covenant,
11 Saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan
As the allotment of your inheritance,”
12 When they were few in number,
Indeed very few, and strangers in it.

13 When they went from one nation to another,
From one kingdom to another people,
14 He permitted no one to do them wrong;
Yes, He rebuked kings for their sakes,
15 Saying, “Do not touch My anointed ones,
And do My prophets no harm.”

16 Moreover He called for a famine in the land;
He destroyed all the provision of bread.
17 He sent a man before them—
Joseph—who was sold as a slave.
18 They hurt his feet with fetters,
He was laid in irons.
19 Until the time that his word came to pass,
The word of the LORD tested him.
20 The king sent and released him,
The ruler of the people let him go free.
21 He made him lord of his house,
And ruler of all his possessions,
22 To bind his princes at his pleasure,
And teach his elders wisdom.

23 Israel also came into Egypt,
And Jacob dwelt in the land of Ham.
24 He increased His people greatly,
And made them stronger than their enemies.
25 He turned their heart to hate His people,
To deal craftily with His servants.

26 He sent Moses His servant,
And Aaron whom He had chosen.
27 They performed His signs among them,
And wonders in the land of Ham.
28 He sent darkness, and made it dark;
And they did not rebel against His word.
29 He turned their waters into blood,
And killed their fish.
30 Their land abounded with frogs,
Even in the chambers of their kings.
31 He spoke, and there came swarms of flies,
And lice in all their territory.
32 He gave them hail for rain,
And flaming fire in their land.
33 He struck their vines also, and their fig trees,
And splintered the trees of their territory.
34 He spoke, and locusts came,
Young locusts without number,
35 And ate up all the vegetation in their land,
And devoured the fruit of their ground.
36 He also destroyed all the firstborn in their land,
The first of all their strength.

37 He also brought them out with silver and gold,
And there was none feeble among His tribes.
38 Egypt was glad when they departed,
For the fear of them had fallen upon them.
39 He spread a cloud for a covering,
And fire to give light in the night.
40 The people asked, and He brought quail,
And satisfied them with the bread of heaven.
41 He opened the rock, and water gushed out;
It ran in the dry places like a river.

42 For He remembered His holy promise,
And Abraham His servant.
43 He brought out His people with joy,
His chosen ones with gladness.
44 He gave them the lands of the Gentiles,
And they inherited the labor of the nations,
45 That they might observe His statutes
And keep His laws.

Praise the LORD!

Key Verse:
5 Remember His marvelous works which He has done,
His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth,

Key Observation:
McGee: “Psalm 105 is a hymn to God in history from Abraham to Moses. I am confident that it was written by David because the first part of this psalm is the same as I Chronicles 16:8-22, which tells about the time David brought the tabernacle into Jerusalem.”

Memory Verse:
3 Glory in His holy name;
Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LORD!


This is a psalm of praise for God in history. David wrote it (probably) to remember hundreds of years of God being in Jewish history. I am thinking of David, who could have written quite a praise of his own history with God. It might look something like this:
Oh give thanks to the Lord
For He is one to keep promises
His word is sure
His promises altogether come true
He took a poor shepherd boy
The least of the family
Anointed him to be king
To replace Saul
To slay a giant with a rock
To bring mercy and kindness and justice
His kingship shall be forever

I expect that I could go on quite awhile. Here is one describing and thanking God for this old sinner’s life:

Oh give thanks to the Lord
For He took a poor farmer boy
Laid his hand upon him
Overwhelmed him with dreams
Visions of his mercy and care
Of his intercessions at many places
Turning his life around
Putting his focus on the mercy of the Lord

Turning people to the Lord
Watching many come to him
Changing their lives forever
His mercy endures forever.
His majesty to all generations.
Giving me daughters and the children of daughters
To praise and serve Him

I expect that I could go on for a bit here too! Do you know that there are many blessings us older people look at as our years increase? He has loved me greatly even when I have not been faithful. My goal? To finish my course as set before me. To walk in the Spirit and be used of Him until the day that He at last comes. I do not think it will be long now, but long or short, on Him I do wait.

All People That on Earth Do Dwell

1. All people that on earth do dwell,
Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice;
Him serve with mirth, His praise forth tell,
Come ye before Him and rejoice.

2. Know that the Lord is God indeed:
Without our aid He did us make;
We are His folk, He doth us feed,
And for his sheep He doth us take.

3. O enter then His gates with praise,
Approach with joy His courts unto;
Praise, laud, and bless His name always,
For it is seemly so to do.

4. For why? the Lord our God is good,
His mercy is forever sure;
His truth at all times firmly stood,
And shall from age to age endure.

Lyrics: Attributed to William Kethe

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