The composer of Psalm 105 instructs the congregation to not only “Give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name…” but to also “…make known his deeds among the peoples!” We’ve seen the connection between worship and memory before, but perhaps not as thoroughly as we observe in this reading today.
These Psalms celebrate the LORD’s dominion over the physical world: O LORD, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. The author of Psalm 104 is not satisfied to simply acknowledge that the LORD created the world – which was a bold statement in itself. Instead, with gifted imagery his poem imagines the creation for us. He’s so taken with it, in fact, that he calls on the LORD himself to rejoice in His works.
These Psalms also celebrate the LORD’s particular interest in the children of Abraham. He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel… He rebuked the Red Sea, and it became dry, and He led them through the deep as through a desert… Remember me, the author of Psalm 106 prays, when You show favor to Your people; help me when you save them, that I may look upon the prosperity of your chosen ones, that I may rejoice in the gladness of your nation, that I may glory with your inheritance.
And these Psalms celebrate the LORD’s faithfulness to His covenant. He remembers his covenant forever, 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." Even when Israel was unfaithful, and rebelled by the Sea, at the Red Sea… Yet He saved them for his name's sake, that He might make known his mighty power.
Consider the force of observation and the poetic recollection in these Psalms. They are thorough history lessons from centuries past that prove to the composer that the LORD’s faithfulness, and steadfast love, endure forever.
Our verses for this week are Philippians 4:6-7: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Psalms 103 through 107. Now let’s read it!
do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.