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Psalm 105

God’s Faithfulness to Israel


O give thanks to the L ord, call on his name,

make known his deeds among the peoples.


Sing to him, sing praises to him;

tell of all his wonderful works.


Glory in his holy name;

let the hearts of those who seek the L ord rejoice.


Seek the L ord and his strength;

seek his presence continually.


Remember the wonderful works he has done,

his miracles, and the judgments he has uttered,


O offspring of his servant Abraham,

children of Jacob, his chosen ones.



He is the L ord our God;

his judgments are in all the earth.


He is mindful of his covenant forever,

of the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations,


the covenant that he made with Abraham,

his sworn promise to Isaac,


which he confirmed to Jacob as a statute,

to Israel as an everlasting covenant,


saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan

as your portion for an inheritance.”



When they were few in number,

of little account, and strangers in it,


wandering from nation to nation,

from one kingdom to another people,


he allowed no one to oppress them;

he rebuked kings on their account,


saying, “Do not touch my anointed ones;

do my prophets no harm.”



When he summoned famine against the land,

and broke every staff of bread,


he had sent a man ahead of them,

Joseph, who was sold as a slave.


His feet were hurt with fetters,

his neck was put in a collar of iron;


until what he had said came to pass,

the word of the L ord kept testing him.


The king sent and released him;

the ruler of the peoples set him free.


He made him lord of his house,

and ruler of all his possessions,


to instruct his officials at his pleasure,

and to teach his elders wisdom.



Then Israel came to Egypt;

Jacob lived as an alien in the land of Ham.


And the L ord made his people very fruitful,

and made them stronger than their foes,


whose hearts he then turned to hate his people,

to deal craftily with his servants.



He sent his servant Moses,

and Aaron whom he had chosen.


They performed his signs among them,

and miracles in the land of Ham.


He sent darkness, and made the land dark;

they rebelled against his words.


He turned their waters into blood,

and caused their fish to die.


Their land swarmed with frogs,

even in the chambers of their kings.


He spoke, and there came swarms of flies,

and gnats throughout their country.


He gave them hail for rain,

and lightning that flashed through their land.


He struck their vines and fig trees,

and shattered the trees of their country.


He spoke, and the locusts came,

and young locusts without number;


they devoured all the vegetation in their land,

and ate up the fruit of their ground.


He struck down all the firstborn in their land,

the first issue of all their strength.



Then he brought Israel out with silver and gold,

and there was no one among their tribes who stumbled.


Egypt was glad when they departed,

for dread of them had fallen upon it.


He spread a cloud for a covering,

and fire to give light by night.


They asked, and he brought quails,

and gave them food from heaven in abundance.


He opened the rock, and water gushed out;

it flowed through the desert like a river.


For he remembered his holy promise,

and Abraham, his servant.



So he brought his people out with joy,

his chosen ones with singing.


He gave them the lands of the nations,

and they took possession of the wealth of the peoples,


that they might keep his statutes

and observe his laws.

Praise the L ord!

An Invitation to Praise.

1 O give thanks unto the Lord; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.   2 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.   3 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord.   4 Seek the Lord, and his strength: seek his face evermore.   5 Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;   6 O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen.   7 He is the Lord our God: his judgments are in all the earth.

Our devotion is here warmly excited; and we are stirred up, that we may stir up ourselves to praise God. Observe,

I. The duties to which we are here called, and they are many, but the tendency of them all is to give unto God the glory due unto his name. 1. We must give thanks to him, as one who has always been our bountiful benefactor and requires only that we give him thanks for his favours—poor returns for rich receivings. 2. Call upon his name, as one whom you depend upon for further favours. Praying for further mercies is accepted as an acknowledgment of former mercies. Because he has inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him. 3. Make known his deeds (v. 1), that others may join with you in praising him. Talk of all his wondrous works (v. 2), as we talk of things that we are full of, and much affected with, and desire to fill others with. God's wondrous works ought to be the subject of our familiar discourses with our families and friends, and we should talk of them as we sit in the house and as we go by the way (Deut. vi. 7), not merely for entertainment, but for the exciting of devotion and the encouraging of our own and others' faith and hope in God. Even sacred things may be the matter of common talk, provided it be with due reverence. 4. Sing psalms to God's honour, as those that rejoice in him, and desire to testify that joy for the encouragement of others and to transmit it to posterity, as memorable things anciently were handed down by songs, when writing was scarce. 5. Glory in his holy name; let those that are disposed to glory not boast of their own accomplishments and achievements, but of their acquaintance with God and their relation to him, Jer. ix. 23, 24. Praise you his holy name, so some; but it comes all to one, for in glorying in him we give glory to him. 6. Seek him; place your happiness in him, and then pursue that happiness in all the ways that he has appointed. Seek the Lord and his strength, that is, the ark of his strength; seek him in the sanctuary, in the way wherein he has appointed us to seek him. Seek his strength, that is, his grace, the strength of his Spirit to work in you that which is good, which we cannot do but by strength derived from him, for which he will be enquired of. Seek the Lord and be strengthened; so divers ancient versions read it. Those that would be strengthened in the inward man must fetch in strength from God by faith and prayer. Seek his strength, and then seek his face; for by his strength, we hope to prevail with him for his favour, as Jacob did, Hos. xii. 3. "Seek his face evermore; seek to have his favour to eternity, and therefore continue seeking it to the end of the time of your probation. Seek it while you live in this world, and you shall have it while you live in the other world, and even there shall be for ever seeking it in an infinite progression, and yet be for ever satisfied in it." 7. Let the hearts of those rejoice that do seek him (v. 3); for they have chosen well, are well fixed, and well employed, and they may be sure that their labour will not be in vain, for he will not only be found, but he will be found the rewarder of those that diligently seek him. If those have reason to rejoice that seek the Lord, much more those that have found him.

II. Some arguments to quicken us to these duties. 1. "Consider both what he has said and what he has done to engage us for ever to him. You will see yourselves under all possible obligations to give thanks to him, and call upon his name, if you remember the wonders which should make deep and durable impressions upon you,—the wonders of his providence which he has wrought for you and those who are gone before you, the marvellous works that he has done, which will be had in everlasting remembrance with the thoughtful and with the grateful,—the wonders of his law, which he has written to you, and entrusted you with, the judgments of his mouth, as well as the judgments of his hand," v. 5. 2. "Consider the relation you stand in to him (v. 6): You are the seed of Abraham his servant; you are born in his house, and being thereby entitled to the privilege of his servants, protection and provision, you are also bound to do the duty of servants, to attend your Master, consult his honour, obey his commands, and do what you can to advance his interests. You are the children of Jacob his chosen, and are chosen and beloved for the fathers' sake, and therefore ought to tread in the steps of those whose honours you inherit. You are the children of godly parents; do no degenerate. You are God's church upon earth, and, if you do not praise him, who should?" 3. Consider your interest in him: He is the Lord our God, v. 7. We depend upon him, are devoted to him, and from him our expectation is. Should not a people seek unto their God (Isa. viii. 19) and praise their God? Dan. v. 4. He is Jehovah our God. He that is our God is self-existent and self-sufficient, has an irresistible power and incontestable sovereignty: His judgments are in all the earth; he governs the whole world in wisdom, and gives law to all nations, even to those that know him not. The earth is full of the proofs of his power.

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