Book #4: 90-106, cont’d.
This Psalm gives an account of the history of Israel…using the lives of Abraham, Joseph, and Moses as focal points. David ordered Asaph and his relatives to sing parts of this Psalm on the day that they brought the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem (cf. 1 Chronicles 16:8-22).
Psalm 105:1-7-The Psalmist calls upon the people of Israel to give thanks and sing praises to God...to remember all He has done for them and to tell others.
Psalm 105:8-15-The life of Abraham.
- The covenant made for the Promised Land—Abraham (:8).
- The covenant affirmed for the Promised Land—Isaac (:9)
- The covenant reaffirmed for the Promised Land—Jacob (:10-11).
- The covenant people protected for the Promised Land (:12-15)
Psalm 105:16-24-The life of Joseph.
- The preservation of the people for the Promised Land (:16-22)
- The increase of the people for the Promised Land (:23-24).
Psalm 105:25-45-The life of Moses.
- The miraculous exodus to the Promised Land (:25-36).
- The provisions for the journey to the Promised Land (:37-43).
- The victorious entrance into the Promised Land (:44-45).
The Psalmist confesses the sins of the people when God brought them out of Egypt and their time in the wilderness.
Psalm 106:1-5-The Psalmist gives praise to God and asks that He remember his faithfulness.
Psalm 106:6-The Psalmist says that the people of his day have sinned in the same way that their forefathers did. He then lists specific examples of how the forefathers had sinned…
Psalm 106:7-12-The Red Sea
- God saved them during the exodus from Egypt and at the Red Sea. But even at the Red Sea they did not remember what God has just done (:7) through the plagues in Egypt.
Psalm 106:13-15-The murmuring for flesh to eat
- As soon as they were in the wilderness they again forgot what God had miraculously done before (:13).
Psalm 106:16-18-Their jealousy over the leadership of Moses and Aaron
Psalm 106:19-23-The worship of the calf
- They again forgot God (:21) and made a golden calf to worship.
Psalm 106:24-27-Their unwillingness to believe the report of the spies sent into the Promised Land.
Psalm 106:28-31-Their participation in pagan (Moabite) worship
Psalm 106:32-33-Their murmuring at Meribah
Psalm 106:34-43-Their continued disobedience even after entering into the Promised Land
- He gives the example that they did not destroy the inhabitants of the Promised Land as God had commanded and he describes the negative consequences it had on them. These verses seem to describe the period of the Judges which was characterized by cycles of oppression by foreign countries, followed by a time of Divine deliverance, then a repeat of the same.
Psalm 106:44-46-The Psalmist says that despite the continued disobedience of the people to God…He remembered the covenant that He had made with them and out of His lovingkindness extends His compassion to them.
Psalm 106:47-48-The Psalmist calls upon God to save them again and for the people to give Him praise.
Prayer: Lord, sometimes I wonder about the Hebrew people. How could they possibly have seen all that You did…and then, almost immediately, seem to forget and turn back to their old ways. But it is easy for me to sit at a distance of thousands of years and judge them. I have the record in the Bible of all that they knew. And I also have the record of the incarnation of Jesus, His life and ministry, His death, burial, and resurrection, the ministry of the early church…and yet, I am prone to return to my old ways. Forgive me, Lord, for holding them accountable…but not myself. Help me to always be mindful of everything that You have done in the past…and for those things to be a constant influence on how I live in the present.