The Lord glorified in His redeeming acts towards Israel 

This is thought to be written by David because of the likeness of verses 1-16 to 1 Chronicles 16:8-22. There is given a précis of some events in the history of God’s ancient people. Chiefly, it speaks of them dwelling in Egypt, and the afflictions that resulted. Then there is the providential deliverance by the hand of Moses, and the great Exodus into the wilderness. God’s provision for them is described and their entrance into Canaan, the promised land. 

But this short history is given to excite God’s people, and to remind them that it all happened by His “holy promise” in the “covenant that He made with Abraham”. The children of Jacob, the elect, continue in this world of tribulation, because the Lord has “remembered His covenant for ever.” His people’s sins, their weakness and their enemies will not nullify the Word that He has commanded to a thousand generations. On the basis of His covenant loyalty, let us seek His face and His strength in our day.

Psalm 105

  1  Give thanks to God, call on his name;
        to men his deeds make known.
  2  Sing ye to him, sing psalms; proclaim
        his wondrous works each one.

  3  See that ye in his holy name
        to glory do accord;
     And let the heart of ev'ry one
        rejoice that seeks the Lord.

  4  The Lord Almighty, and his strength,
        with steadfast hearts seek ye:
     His blessed and his gracious face
        seek ye continually.

  5  Think on the works that he hath done,
        which admiration breed;
     His wonders, and the judgments all
        which from his mouth proceed;

  6  O ye that are of Abr'ham's race,
        his servant well approv'n;
     And ye that Jacob's children are,
        whom he chose for his own.

  7  Because he, and he only, is
        the mighty Lord our God;
     And his most righteous judgments are
        in all the earth abroad.

  8  His cov'nant he remembered hath,
        that it may ever stand:
     To thousand generations
        the word he did command.

  9  Which covenant he firmly made
        with faithful Abraham,
     And unto Isaac, by his oath,
        he did renew the same:

 10  And unto Jacob, for a law,
        he made it firm and sure,
     A covenant to Israel,
        which ever should endure.

 11  He said, I'll give Canaan's land
        for heritage to you;
 12  While they were strangers there, and few,
        in number very few:

 13  While yet they went from land to land
        without a sure abode;
     And while through sundry kingdoms they
        did wander far abroad;

 14  Yet, notwithstanding suffered he
        no man to do them wrong:
     Yea, for their sakes, he did reprove
        kings, who were great and strong.

 15  Thus did he say, Touch ye not those
        that mine anointed be,
     Nor do the prophets any harm
        that do pertain to me.

 16  He called for famine on the land,
        he brake the staff of bread:
 17  But yet he sent a man before,
        by whom they should be fed;

     Ev'n Joseph, whom unnat'rally
        sell for a slave did they;
 18  Whose feet with fetters they did hurt,
        and he in irons lay;

 19  Until the time that his word came
        to give him liberty;
     The word and purpose of the Lord
        did him in prison try.

 20  Then sent the king, and did command
        that he enlarged should be:
     He that the people's ruler was
        did send to set him free.

 21  A lord to rule his family
        he raised him, as most fit;
     To him of all that he possessed
        he did the charge commit:

 22  That he might at his pleasure bind
        the princes of the land;
     And he might teach his senators
        wisdom to understand.

 23  The people then of Israel
        down into Egypt came;
     And Jacob also sojourned
        within the land of Ham.

 24  And he did greatly by his pow'r
        increase his people there;
     And stronger than their enemies
        they by his blessing were.

 25  Their heart he turned to envy
        his folk maliciously,
     With those that his own servants were
        to deal in subtlety.

 26  His servant Moses he did send,
        Aaron his chosen one.
 27  By these his signs and wonders great
        in Ham's land were made known.

 28  Darkness he sent, and made it dark;
        his word they did obey.
 29  He turned their waters into blood,
        and he their fish did slay.

 30  The land in plenty brought forth frogs
        in chambers of their kings.
 31  His word all sorts of flies and lice
        in all their borders brings.

 32  He hail for rain, and flaming fire
        into their land he sent:
 33  And he their vines and fig-trees smote:
        trees of their coasts he rent.

 34  He spake, and caterpillars came,
        locusts did much abound;
 35  Which in their land all herbs consumed,
        and all fruits of their ground.

 36  He smote all first-born in their land,
        chief of their strength each one.
 37  With gold and silver brought them forth,
        weak in their tribes were none.

 38  Egypt was glad when forth they went,
        their fear on them did light.
 39  He spread a cloud for covering,
        and fire to shine by night.

 40  They asked, and he brought quails: with bread
        of heav'n he fill-ed them.
 41  He opened rocks, floods gushed, and ran
        in deserts like a stream.

 42  For on his holy promise he,
        and servant Abr'ham, thought.
 43  With joy his people, his elect
        with gladness, forth he brought.

 44  And unto them the pleasant lands
        he of the heathen gave;
     That of the people's labor they
        inheritance might have.

 45  That they his statutes might observe
        according to his word;
     And that they might his laws obey.
        Give praise unto the Lord.

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