Psa 105:1 Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done.
Psa 105:2 Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.
Psa 105:3 Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.
‘What, then, does it mean to worship God? It is to ‘glory in his holy name (Ps. 105:3), that is, to revel adoringly in who he is in his revealed character. But before we can glory in God’s name, we must know it. Hence the propriety of the reading and preaching of the Word of God in public worship, and of biblical meditation in private devotion. These things are not an intrusion into worship; they form the necessary foundation of it. God must speak to us before we have any liberty to speak to him. He must disclose to us who he is before we can offer him what we are in acceptable worship. The worship of God is always a response to the Word of God. Scripture wonderfully directs and enriches our worship.’ (John Stott, The Contemporary Christian)
Psa 105:4 Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.
Seek his face – That is, seek to live in his presence. ‘The psalmist often testifies of the horror associated with the withdrawal of God’s friendship (Ps. 22:1; 28:1).’ (New Geneva)
Psa 105:5 Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,
Psa 105:6 O descendants of Abraham his servant, O sons of Jacob, his chosen ones.
Psa 105:7 He is the LORD our God; his judgments are in all the earth.
Psa 105:8 He remembers his covenant forever, the word he commanded, for a thousand generations,
This passage (8-11), together with a quotation from Rom 11, heads up the statement of Foundation Principles of Christian Friends of Israel. These Principles affirm, among other things, belief that ‘the restoration of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel is in accordance with promises contained in the Old and New Testaments’.
Psa 105:9 the covenant he made with Abraham, the oath he swore to Isaac.
Psa 105:10 He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree, to Israel as an everlasting covenant:
Psa 105:11 “To you I will give the land of Canaan as the portion you will inherit.”
Kidner remarks: ‘We must note from Scripture the relativity of such a pledge: first, in that the earth itself will perish (Psa 102:25f.), and secondly, that even God’s ‘for ever’ can be forfeited by man’s apostasy (1 Sam 2:30; Mt 21:43). It would be a mistake to understand it in a purely political sense, as a territorial title-deed on its own.’
Psa 105:12 When they were but few in number, few indeed, and strangers in it,
Psa 105:13 they wandered from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another.
Psa 105:14 He allowed no one to oppress them; for their sake he rebuked kings:
Psa 105:15 “Do not touch my anointed ones; do my prophets no harm.”
Psa 105:16 He called down famine on the land and destroyed all their supplies of food;
Psa 105:17 and he sent a man before them– Joseph, sold as a slave.
Psa 105:18 They bruised his feet with shackles, his neck was put in irons,
Psa 105:19 till what he foretold came to pass, till the word of the LORD proved him true.
Psa 105:20 The king sent and released him, the ruler of peoples set him free.
Psa 105:21 He made him master of his household, ruler over all he possessed,
Psa 105:22 to instruct his princes as he pleased and teach his elders wisdom.
Psa 105:23 Then Israel entered Egypt; Jacob lived as an alien in the land of Ham.
Psa 105:24 The LORD made his people very fruitful; he made them too numerous for their foes,
Psa 105:25 whose hearts he turned to hate his people, to conspire against his servants.
Psa 105:26 He sent Moses his servant, and Aaron, whom he had chosen.
Psa 105:27 They performed his miraculous signs among them, his wonders in the land of Ham.
Psa 105:28 He sent darkness and made the land dark– for had they not rebelled against his words?
‘The sun was a leading object of devotion among the Egyptians under the name of Osiris. The very name Pharaoh means not only the king but also the sun, and characterises the king himself as the representative of the sun and entitled in some sort to divine honours. But now the very light of the sun has disappeared and primeval chaos seems to have returned. Thus all the forms of Egyptian will worship were covered with shame and confusion by the plagues.’ (James G. Murphy, in “A Commentary on Exodus”, 1866)
Psa 105:29 He turned their waters into blood, causing their fish to die.
Psa 105:30 Their land teemed with frogs, which went up into the bedrooms of their rulers.
Psa 105:31 He spoke, and there came swarms of flies, and gnats throughout their country.
Psa 105:32 He turned their rain into hail, with lightning throughout their land;
Psa 105:33 he struck down their vines and fig trees and shattered the trees of their country.
Psa 105:34 He spoke, and the locusts came, grasshoppers without number;
Psa 105:35 they ate up every green thing in their land, ate up the produce of their soil.
Psa 105:36 Then he struck down all the firstborn in their land, the firstfruits of all their manhood.
Psa 105:37 He brought out Israel, laden with silver and gold, and from among their tribes no one faltered.
Psa 105:38 Egypt was glad when they left, because dread of Israel had fallen on them.
Psa 105:39 He spread out a cloud as a covering, and a fire to give light at night.
Psa 105:40 They asked, and he brought them quail and satisfied them with the bread of heaven.
Psa 105:41 He opened the rock, and water gushed out; like a river it flowed in the desert.
Psa 105:42 For he remembered his holy promise given to his servant Abraham.
Psa 105:43 He brought out his people with rejoicing, his chosen ones with shouts of joy;
Psa 105:44 he gave them the lands of the nations, and they fell heir to what others had toiled for–
Psa 105:45 that they might keep his precepts and observe his laws. Praise the LORD.