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Matthew Henry's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 105

solemn call to praise and serve the Lord. (1-7) His gracious dealings with Israel. (8-23) Their deliverance from Egypt, and their settlement in Canaan. (24-45)

Verses 1-7: Our devotion is here stirred up, that we may stir up ourselves to praise God. Seek his strength; that is, his grace; the strength of his Spirit to work in us that which is good, which we cannot do but by strength derived from him, for which he will be sought. Seek to have his favour to eternity, therefore continue seeking it while living in this world; for he will not only be found, but he will reward those that diligently seek him.

Verses 8-23: Let us remember the Redeemer's marvellous works, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth. Though true Christians are few number, strangers and pilgrims upon earth, yet a far better inheritance than Canaan is made sure to them by the covenant of God; and if we have the anointing of the Holy Spirit, none can do us any harm. Afflictions are among our mercies. They prove our faith and love, they humble our pride, they wean us from the world, and quicken our prayers. Bread is the staff which supports life; when that staff is broken, the body fails and sinks to the earth. The word of God is the staff of spiritual life, the food and support of the soul: the sorest judgment is a famine of hearing the word of the Lord. Such a famine was sore in all lands when Christ appeared in the flesh; whose coming, and the blessed effect of it, are shadowed forth in the history of Joseph. At the appointed time Christ was exalted as Mediator; all the treasures of grace and salvation are at his disposal, perishing sinners come to him, and are relieved by him.

Verses 24-45: As the believer commonly thrives best in his soul when under the cross; so the church also flourishes most in true holiness, and increases in number, while under persecution. Yet instruments shall be raised up for their deliverance, and plagues may be expected by persecutors. And see the special care God took of his people in the wilderness. All the benefits bestowed on Israel as a nation, were shadows of spiritual blessings with which we are blessed in Christ Jesus. Having redeemed us with his blood, restored our souls to holiness, and set us at liberty from Satan's bondage, he guides and guards us all the way. He satisfies our souls with the bread of heaven, and the water of life from the Rock of salvation, and will bring us safely to heaven. He redeems his servants from all iniquity, and purifies them unto himself, to be a peculiar people, zealous of good works.


David Burnette's Life Application

Remember


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 Psalm with Chapter 105. In our text today we see a theme of God's mighty deeds in brining Israel to the Promised Land. In making application we see how remembering his miracles encourages us to keep us 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 in challenges we face daily.

 

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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.