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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 105

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The Fourth Book of Psalms (c 90-106)
Message: Appreciating God Through His Creation (v 1-35)

Psalms 105 Commentary 

(105:1) A Celebration - The first 15 verses of this psalm are also found in 1 Chronicles 16:8-22, where they are sung as part of the celebration of David's bringing the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem. Three other psalms are also hymns recounting Israel's history: 78, 106, and 136. 

(105:4-5) God's Reward - If God seems far away, persist in your search for him. God rewards those who sincerely look for him (Hebrews I:6). Jesus promised, "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you" (Matthew 7-7). The writer of this psalm suggested a valuable way to find God--become familiar with the way he has helped his people in the past. The Bible records the history of God's people. In searching its pages, we will discover a loving God who is waiting for us to find him. 

(105:6-11) Abraham 's Descendants - The people of Israel, the ones through whom God revealed his laws to all people, descended from Abraham. God chose Abraham and promised that his descendants would live in the land of Canaan (now called Israel), and that they would be too numerous to count (Genesis 17:6-8). Abraham's son was Isaac; Isaac's son was Jacob. These three men are considered the patriarchs (or founders) of Israel. God blessed them because of their faith (see Hebrews 11:8-21). 

(105:23-25) God's Actions - God caused the Egyptians to hate the Israelites? God is not the author of evil, but the Bible writers don't always distinguish between God's ultimate action and the intermediate steps. Thus, by God blessing the Israelites, the Egyptians came to hate them (Exodus 1:8-22). Because God caused the Israelites' blessing, he is also said to have caused the Egyptians to hate them. God used their animosity as a means to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. 

(105:45) God's Purpose - God's purpose for saving the Israelites from slavery in Egypt was that they would "observe his statutes, and keep his laws." Too often we use our freedom to please ourselves, to forge our own way in this world. But God frees us from slavery to sin so that we can discover the real joy that comes from walking in his presence and living according to the purpose for which he made us. We find this path to true freedom as we read and follow the instructions God gives us in his Word, the Bible.

Dave Burnette's Life Application


Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue in the Book of Psalms with Chapter 105. In our text today, we see a theme of God's mighty deeds in bringing Israel to the Promised Land. In applying, we see how remembering his miracles encourages us to keep living close to Him. Making an effort to remember through ceremony, memorial, or a written diary can keep the enemy from allowing us to forget what God has done in the past so we can remember to walk in victory today and in the future. How about you? Do you remember what God has done for you in the past? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to remember the victories of the past to encourage us to walk boldly in the challenges we face daily.


Psalm 105

Psalm 105

 1O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.

 2Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.

 3Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.

 4Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore.

 5Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;

 6O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen.

 7He is the LORD our God: his judgments are in all the earth.

 8He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.

 9Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac;

 10And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant:

 11Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance:

 12When they were but a few men in number; yea, very few, and strangers in it.

 13When they went from one nation to another, from one kingdom to another people;

 14He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes;

 15Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.

 16Moreover he called for a famine upon the land: he brake the whole staff of bread.

 17He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant:

 18Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron:

 19Until the time that his word came: the word of the LORD tried him.

 20The king sent and loosed him; even the ruler of the people, and let him go free.

 21He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his substance:

 22To bind his princes at his pleasure; and teach his senators wisdom.

 23Israel also came into Egypt; and Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.

 24And he increased his people greatly; and made them stronger than their enemies.

 25He turned their heart to hate his people, to deal subtilly with his servants.

 26He sent Moses his servant; and Aaron whom he had chosen.

 27They shewed his signs among them, and wonders in the land of Ham.

 28He sent darkness, and made it dark; and they rebelled not against his word.

 29He turned their waters into blood, and slew their fish.

 30Their land brought forth frogs in abundance, in the chambers of their kings.

 31He spake, and there came divers sorts of flies, and lice in all their coasts.

 32He gave them hail for rain, and flaming fire in their land.

 33He smote their vines also and their fig trees; and brake the trees of their coasts.

 34He spake, and the locusts came, and caterpillers, and that without number,

 35And did eat up all the herbs in their land, and devoured the fruit of their ground.

 36He smote also all the firstborn in their land, the chief of all their strength.

 37He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their tribes.

 38Egypt was glad when they departed: for the fear of them fell upon them.

 39He spread a cloud for a covering; and fire to give light in the night.

 40The people asked, and he brought quails, and satisfied them with the bread of heaven.

 41He opened the rock, and the waters gushed out; they ran in the dry places like a river.

 42For he remembered his holy promise, and Abraham his servant.

 43And he brought forth his people with joy, and his chosen with gladness:

 44And gave them the lands of the heathen: and they inherited the labour of the people;

 45That they might observe his statutes, and keep his laws. Praise ye the LORD.