Psalm 105 is a great reminder of how we should interact with our Lord. Very specific instruction:
- “give thanks to the Lord
- call upon his name
- make known his deeds
- Sing to him
- sing praises to him
- tell of all his wondrous works
- Glory in his holy name
- let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice
- Seek the Lord and his strength
- seek his presence continually
- Remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he uttered”
That is quite a list of actions we should take in our relationship with God. Our relationship is not static and boring – it needs to be active and alive. Our Lord lives and we need to be in a living relationship with Him that permeates our days.
So who is this God we serve? “He is the Lord our God; his judgments are in all the earth. He remembers his covenant forever”. God is alive. He is Lord over all the earth. He judges each and every one of us, and every thing around us. He is one busy God. But check out what He never does – He never forgets His covenant. It is top of mind and something we can bank on. God loves us and is in a covenant relationship with us.
As an illustration to us of God’s faithfulness, the psalmist gives us a history lesson on the who’s who in the Old Testament. Let’s take a look at the quick summary given about Joseph:
- “was sold as a slave
- His feet were hurt with fetters
- his neck was put in a collar of iron
- until what he had said came to pass
- the word of the Lord tested him
- The king sent and released him
- the ruler of the peoples set him free
- he made him lord of his house
- ruler of all his possessions
- to bind his princes at his pleasure
- to teach his elders wisdom”
How’s that for a concise summary of a life God used? Joseph was God’s preparation for the famine so He could provide for the people. God took what was meant for evil and turned it into good.
The chapter continues with the stories of Israel, Jacob and Moses. These were men God used to lead His people to the Promised Land. None of them were perfect, in fact they had quite a bit of history that wasn’t all that good. But their heart was to follow God and be used to lead the people. They desired to serve Him and while they were not perfect by any stretch – they were teachable and faithful to follow most of the time. So God led and used them mightily. We can learn much from these lessons in real life. God wants to take us and use us to His honor and glory and praise.