November 02 2023
Today, Thursday November 02
“Remember His Marvelous Works…”
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."
Psalm 105 is one of the longest of the five historical psalms (78, 105, 106, 135, 136), in the Bible. It appears that these psalms were written to create a written memory of the history of Israel and how God chose them and provided for them so that future generations would not forget who their God was and how He cared for them. Psalm 105 is one that focuses on our covenant God who always keeps His promises.
Years ago, as I was reading and studying Psalm 105, I noticed several things that encouraged me about how God chose Israel as His people and how He provided for them. In my Bible, next to this psalm I wrote: God’s Promise, God’s People, God’s interest and care is Personal, God’s Property, God’s Provisions, and God’s Protection.
In this psalm we find God’s covenant promise to His people Israel. Whether we understand it or not, it is evident in Scripture that God made a sovereign choice to make the seed of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob, His chosen people that would reveal His name Jehovah to an unbelieving and idol worshipping world. It was through them, that God reveals His love and care for us by giving us His Holy Word, the Bible. It was through them, that He gave us our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
It was through them and their history, that we can be assured that God keeps His promises! If there was ever a time we needed to be encouraged with this truth, it is today!
Psalm 105:1-5 opens with the worshipers' response of joyful praise to the wonderful truths stated in the psalm. The name "Jehovah—Lord" is used five times (vv. 1, 3,4, 7,19) and is the covenant name of God, the "holy name" that Israel was to call on (v. 1) and glory in (v. 3) as they worshiped. Israel was a chosen people; Jehovah had made no covenant with any other nation (Psalm 147:20; Rom. 9:1-5). In His sovereign grace, the Lord chose Abraham (vv. 6, 9, 42) and made His covenant with him (Gen. 12:1-5; 15:9-21; Acts 7:1-8), a covenant that would apply to all of Abraham's physical descendants as well as to believers today as Abraham's spiritual children (Luke 1:68-79; Gal. 3:1-9, 29). One of the covenant promises was the gift of the land of Canaan to the people of Israel (vv. 11, 42-44), and this promise was repeated to Abraham's son Isaac (Gen. 26:1-6) and to his grandson Jacob (Gen. 28:13-17).
This covenant will endure forever (vv. 8-11; Deut. 7:9). This was an act of grace on the part of the Lord, for none of the patriarchs had any claim to upon God nor did He owe them anything. They were homeless nomads—pilgrims and strangers (Heb. 11:8-16)—who depended on the Lord to protect and guide them (Gen. 34:30; Deut. 7:6-11; 26:5). Even when they erred, the Lord protected them and even reproved kings on their behalf (Gen. 12:10ff; 20; 26; 32-33). God is sovereign, and though He does not turn men and women into robots, He does rule and overrule when they disobey. His will shall be done, and His plans shall be fulfilled (vv. 8-11; 19; 42).
There are ten commandments in verses 1-5, ("seek" is found twice), climaxing with "remember" (v. 5). Their thanksgiving, praying, and singing were a witness to the nations around them and a testimony to the power and glory of the Lord. An obedient Israel was to be God's "exhibit A" to the nations so that they would want to know the true and living God of the Jewish people.
I believe we are seeing this reality played out before our very eyes in our current news today!