It is a fuel for praise. It is a catalyst for giving thanks. To think on these things, is to be moved to sing to Him. To remember these things is to want to bless Him. To meditate on these things is to glory in His holy name. And what are “these things?” They are the wondrous works that He has done. They are the mighty deeds performed by an Almighty God on behalf of His people. They are the things the songwriter sings about in Psalm 105.
Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples! 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!
(Psalm 105:1-3 ESV)
For the heart set on seeking the LORD, there is cause to rejoice when we consider His wondrous works.
So the psalmist writes of God’s protection of Jacob the sojourner, and of His provision through Joseph, the one “sent ahead” to Egypt so that Israel might find refuge there from famine. In that land, the songwriter reminds us, “the LORD made His people very fruitful” . . . and made them “stronger than their foes,” so that they hated God’s people and oppressed them.
And the song continues. God sends Moses. Through him and Aaron, God performs signs in “the land of Ham.” Skies made dark . . . waters turned into blood . . . infestations of frogs and flies . . . hail for rain . . . vines, fig trees, and other trees struck down . . . the remaining vegetation devoured by locusts . . . and finally, “He struck down all the firstborn in their land.” Give thanks to the LORD . . . make known His deeds among the peoples!
And the ballad goes on. Brought out of the land with silver and gold . . . covered with a cloud by day . . . led by the light of a pillar of fire by night . . . fed with quail out of nowhere, and with bread from heaven, and with water from the rock. Sing praise to Him . . . tell of His wondrous works.
But what grabs me this morning is that it’s not just about the works, but about the why.
For He remembered His holy promise, and Abraham, His servant.
(Psalm 105:42 ESV)
His works were because of His word. The power He demonstrated due to the promise He determined.
He remembers His covenant forever, the word that He commanded, for a thousand generations . . . (Psalm 105:8 ESV)
My God is a God or promise. And He is the One who remembers His covenant forever . . . acting and intervening in order to bring about what He has determined.
And so, every remembrance of what He has done in the past . . . every song sung in praise of the signs He has shown to evidence His presence . . . every meditation focused on that which we have known of His mighty works in our lives . . . it all serves as surety of what lies ahead. That God does not forget or give up on what He has covenanted to do. That if He says He will save to the uttermost (Heb. 7:25), He will. If He declares His purpose is to form the very nature of His Son in us through His Spirit (Rom. 8:29), He will. If He covenants to build a home and provide a treasure in heaven for us and promises to take us to be with Himself (John 14:1-3), it’s gonna happen.
He remembers His covenant forever. Sing to Him!
Every evidence of His faithfulness a reminder . . . every experience of His grace a surety . . . every whisper of His voice a mighty sign to bestow confidence.
Oh give thanks to the LORD . . . Sing to Him, sing praise to Him . . . tell of His wondrous works . . . for He remembers His covenant forever.