The author demonstrates the LORD’s great love for his people, by recalling key moments in the history of the people of Israel.
This section (verses 1 to 15) parallels 1 Chronicles 16:8 to 22
Give thanks. It is God’s will that we give thanks:
1 Thessalonians 5:18. In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus toward you.
VERSE 2. Sing to him, sing praises to him! Tell of all his marvelous works.
VERSE 3. Glory in his holy name. Let the heart of those who seek the LORD rejoice.
Seek the LORD. We are called to seek the LORD. We are to grow in our love-relationship with the Most High God.
Seek his face. Do you seek the face of God? How?
forever more. We can invest months and years and decades in coming to know more and more of the LORD. Growing in our relationship with God is a lifelong pursuit!
VERSE 5. Remember his marvelous works that he has done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth,
VERSE 6. you offspring of Abraham, his servant, you children of Jacob, his chosen ones.
VERSE 7. He is the LORD, our God. His judgments are in all the earth.
VERSE 8. He has remembered his covenant forever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations,
VERSE 9. the covenant which he made with Abraham, his oath to Isaac,
VERSE 10. and confirmed it to Jacob for a statute; to Israel for an everlasting covenant,
I will give the land of Canaan. The land of Canaan was to be their special possession.
VERSE 12. when they were but a few men in number, yes, very few, and foreigners in it.
VERSE 13. They went about from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another people.
He allowed no one to do them wrong. The LORD protected his people.
Perhaps this refers to Abraham’s journey from Ur in Chaldea to Haran (Genesis 11:31), to Canaan (Genesis 12:4- 5), to Egypt (Genesis 12:10- 20), and his living in the Negev (Genesis 20:1).
VERSE 15. “Don’t touch my anointed ones! Do my prophets no harm!”
VERSE 16. He called for a famine on the land. He destroyed the food supplies.
VERSE 17. He sent a man before them. Joseph was sold for a slave.
VERSE 18. They bruised his feet with shackles. His neck was locked in irons,
VERSE 19. until the time that his word happened, and the LORD’s word proved him true.
VERSE 20. The king sent and freed him; even the ruler of peoples, and let him go free.
VERSE 21. He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all of his possessions;
VERSE 22. to discipline his princes at his pleasure, and to teach his elders wisdom.
VERSE 23. Israel also came into Egypt. Jacob lived in the land of Ham.
VERSE 24. He increased his people greatly, and made them stronger than their adversaries.
VERSE 25. He turned their heart to hate his people, to conspire against his servants.
VERSE 26. He sent Moses, his servant, and Aaron, whom he had chosen.
VERSE 27. They performed miracles among them, and wonders in the land of Ham.
VERSE 28. He sent darkness, and made it dark. They didn’t rebel against his words.
VERSE 29. He turned their waters into blood, and killed their fish.
VERSE 30. Their land swarmed with frogs, even in the rooms of their kings.
VERSE 31. He spoke, and swarms of flies came, and lice in all their borders.
VERSE 32. He gave them hail for rain, with lightning in their land.
VERSE 33. He struck their vines and also their fig trees, and shattered the trees of their country.
VERSE 34. He spoke, and the locusts came, and the grasshoppers, without number,
VERSE 35. ate up every plant in their land; and ate up the fruit of their ground.
VERSE 36. He struck also all the firstborn in their land, the first fruits of all their manhood.
VERSE 37. He brought them out with silver and gold. There was not one feeble person among his tribes.
with silver and gold. When the LORD brought his people out, they were laden with silver and gold. They had a lot of it.
VERSE 38. Egypt was glad when they departed, for the fear of them had fallen on them.
cloud … fire. The LORD led his people with a pillar of cloud and a pillar of fire.
Exodus 13:21-22. The LORD went before them by day in a pillar of cloud, to lead them on their way, and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light, that they might go by day and by night: 22 the pillar of cloud by day, and the pillar of fire by night, didn’t depart from before the people.
VERSE 40. They asked, and he brought quails, and satisfied them with the bread of the sky.
VERSE 41. He opened the rock, and waters gushed out. They ran as a river in the dry places.
VERSE 42. For he remembered his holy word, and Abraham, his servant.
his chosen with singing. His chosen people shouted with joy! When God delivers you, it is time to shout for joy!
VERSE 44. He gave them the lands of the nations. They took the labor of the peoples in possession,
VERSE 45. that they might keep his statutes, and observe his laws. Praise the LORD!
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