“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Psalm 105, “O Give Thanks Unto THE LORD,” III

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“I Feel Like Going On,” Bishop Marvin Winans 

Psalm 105, A Psalm of Praise (compare Psalm 113), focuses on the positive experiences of Israel in their early history.  Contrast Psalm 106, which reviews the same period of history but with an emphasis on the faithlessness of the people.  This Poem Celebrates GOD’S FAITHFULNESS TO HIS COVENANT WITH ABRAHAM IN THE LIVES OF HIS PEOPLE.  The People Needed To Remember To Be FAITHFUL TO GOD, WHO HAD NEVER FORGOTTEN TO BE FAITHFUL TO THEM.  Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary.  

“O Give Thanks Unto THE LORD,” III, Psalm 105:24) And HE (GOD) INCREASED HIS PEOPLE GREATLY; AND MADE THEM STRONGER THAN THEIR ENEMIES.  25) HE TURNED their heart to hate HIS PEOPLE, to deal subtilly with HIS Servants.  26) HE SENT MOSES HIS Servant; And Aaron Whom HE Had Chosen.  27) They Shewed HIS SIGNS Among them, And WONDERS in the land of Ham.  28) HE SENT DARKNESS, And Made It Dark; and they rebelled not against HIS WORD.  Psalm 99:7.  29) HE TURNED THEIR WATERS INTO BLOOD, AND SLEW THEIR FISH.  30) Their land brought forth Frogs in abundance, in the chambers of their kings.  31) HE SPAKE, and there came divers sorts of Flies, and Lice in all their coasts.  32) HE GAVE them Hail for rain, and Flaming Fire in their land.  33) HE SMOTE their Vines also and Fig Trees, and Brake the trees of their coasts.  34) HE SPAKE, and the Locusts came, and Caterpillars, and that without number,  35) And did Eat Up All The Herbs in their land, and Devoured the Fruit of their ground.  36) HE SMOTE ALSO THE FIRSTBORN IN THEIR LAND, the Chief of all their strength.  Genesis 49:3.  37) HE BROUGHT THEM FORTH (THE ISRAELITES) Also With Silver And Gold” And There Was Not One Feeble Person Among Their Tribes.  38) Egypt was glad when they departed:  For The FEAR Of Them Fell Upon Them.  39) HE SPREAD A CLOUD FOR A COVERING; AND FIRE TO GIVE LIGHT IN THE NIGHT.  40) The people asked, and HE Brought Quails, and Satisfied them with The Bread Of Heaven.  Exodus 16:12.  41) HE OPENED THE ROCK, And The Waters Gushed Out, They (The Waters) Ran In The Dry Places Like A River.  42) FOR HE REMEMBERED HIS HOLY PROMISE, AND ABRAHAM HIS SERVANT.  Genesis 15;4.  43) AND HE BROUGHT FORTH HIS PEOPLE WITH JOY, AND HIS CHOSEN WITH GLADNESS:  44) AND GAVE THEM The Lands Of The Heathen:  And They Inherited The Labour Of The People;  45) That They Might Observe HIS STATUTES (RULES OF THE COVENANT), AND KEEP HIS LAWS.  PRAISE YE THE LORD.  Deuteronomy 4:1.  

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v18-26, The psalmist recites the History Of The Plagues To Demonstrate THE LORD’S POWER.  The Plagues took place within time and space; they were THE ACTION OF GOD WITH HUMANS IN THE REAL WORLD.  The Order Of The Plagues is not followed strictly, and only eight of The Plagues are mentioned (Exodus 7–11).  v27-45, WITH GLADNESS:  This Poem Celebrates THE JOY OF THE LORD IN HIS ACTS OF DELIVERANCE.  GAVE THEM THE LANDS:  The Psalm was probably composed after the exile in Babylon.  A Celebration Of GOD’S GIFT OF LAND Would Have Been A Great Source Of Encouragement To The People That Had Just Returned To The Land.

Quest Study Bible – v24-45, SCRIPTURE LINK,  The Stories Of Israel’s Deliverance From Egypt, Travels In The Desert and Entrance Into The Land of Canaan Are Told In Exodus and Numbers.  v44, “Why Did GOD Give Israel The Lands Of Other People?”  It was not because Israel was more righteous or deserving.  GOD Expelled The Nations Of Canaan Because Of Their Wickedness.  Later Israel Was Punished For Sin In The Same Way When Assyria And Babylon Took Over The Land.  Also see article:  “What right did Israel have to take the land?”  (Numbers 33:52-52).    

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v24-45, As The Believer Commonly Thrives Best In His Soul When Under THE CROSS (or, The Will Of 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 (For) 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.  Amen.       

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