Psalm 105 He Remembers His Covenant Forever!
This psalm is repeated outside the psalter (I Chron. 16:8-22). David gives thanks to the LORD for remembering his covenant (v. 8 Cf. Lk. 1:72-73). He called for thanksgiving for the LORD’s deeds done among all people, for His chosen ones (vv. 1, 6 Cf. Is. 12:4). These were “wondrous works!” (v. 2 Cf. 119:27; 145:12). He has acted in history on behalf of His people, therefore they rejoice and seek after Him (vv. 3-4 Cf. Ps. 27:8). His judgments are also a marvelous work, known in all the earth (vv. 5, 7 Cf. 77:11; Is. 26:9). This covenant was made with Abraham, remained as an oath to Isaac, and confirmed to Jacob as a statute and to Israel as everlasting-all children of promise (vv. 8-12 Cf. Gen. 15:18; 17:2; Gal. 3:17; Heb. 6:17). It was not based upon anything in them (Cf. Dt. 7:7; Heb. 11:9).
The Christian life is a pilgrimage of promise, but it has never been purely of heaven or the spirit only. Part of this promise is for a resurrection body and a new heavens and new earth. It is a grave mistake to think of the people of faith as escapists from the world. The promised land was simply a microcosm of God’s intention for the whole earth. The meek shall inherit the earth (Mt. 5:5), and we are to pray for His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven, where it is done perfectly (Mt. 6:10). God acted in history among all the kingdoms on behalf of His covenant people, and He still does (vv. 13-15 Cf. Mt. 28:18-20). He rules all creation for this purpose (v. 16). He raised up the slave Joseph and delivered and appointed him to this end (vv. 17-22).
Israel may have been a stranger in a foreign land, but they increased and became stronger than their enemies (vv. 23-24). In God’s sovereignty, they then turned against his people (v. 25), and Moses and Aaron were sent to deliver them (vv. 26-27). He also made the whole created order to serve His redemptive purposes, including the destruction of all the firstborn of their enemies (vv. 28-36). Yet, not only were they delivered, but they came out from them with riches, because they were feared (vv. 37-38). The LORD led and guided them and ruled the whole of the created order for their good (vv. 39-41). This was all because “He remembered His holy promise, and Abraham His servant.” (v. 42) It was a covenant of promise that the LORD remembered.
They had joy and gladness and inherited what others had laboured to produce (vv. 43-44). There was a reason for this deliverance according to the covenant of promise. “That they might observe His statutes and keep His laws.” (v. 45) They weren’t delivered because of these works. They were delivered and granted victory and blessings because of the promise. However, the goal and standard that they were to then live by was God’s law. Nothing has changed. It has always been this way. Obedience to the law is the result of God’s promise fulfilled in His people because of His mercy and grace. Furthermore, it involved the application of the word to all of life. God expects nothing less (Cf. Dt. 4:1, 40). “He remembers His covenant forever!” (v. 8) “Praise the LORD!” (v. 45).