A HISTORY OF FAITHFULNESS
The audience for this psalm is clear: “the descendants of Abraham, his chosen ones, the children of Jacob”. The people of God were to hear and heed these words.
The people of Israel seemed to have suffered from spiritual amnesia. So, beginning with Abraham, the psalmist recounted the faithfulness of God over the span of 40 verses. The God of Israel allowed no one to oppress them
Psalm 105:14 (NLT) 14 Yet he did not let anyone oppress them. He warned kings on their behalf: 15 “Do not touch my chosen people, and do not hurt my prophets.”
The word of the Lord was fulfilled in the rise of Joseph
Psalm 105:17-22 (NLT) 17 Then he sent someone to Egypt ahead of them— Joseph, who was sold as a slave. 18 They bruised his feet with fetters and placed his neck in an iron collar. 19 Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the Lord tested Joseph’s character. 20 Then Pharaoh sent for him and set him free; the ruler of the nation opened his prison door. 21 Joseph was put in charge of all the king’s household; he became ruler over all the king’s possessions. 22 He could instruct the king’s aides as he pleased and teach the king’s advisers.
The Lord made his people fruitful, more numerous than their foes.
Psalm 105:24 (NLT) 24 And the Lord multiplied the people of Israel until they became too mighty for their enemies.
When they were enslaved, God sent Moses.
Psalm 105:26 (NLT) 26 But the Lord sent his servant Moses, along with Aaron, whom he had chosen.
While the psalm lists various names, God proves to be the main character. It was God who powerfully delivered them from Pharaoh.
Psalm 105:27-38 (NlLT) 27 They performed miraculous signs among the Egyptians, and wonders in the land of Ham. 28 The Lord blanketed Egypt in darkness, for they had defied his commands to let his people go. 29 He turned their water into blood, poisoning all the fish. 30 Then frogs overran the land and even invaded the king’s bedrooms. 31 When the Lord spoke, flies descended on the Egyptians, and gnats swarmed across Egypt. 32 He sent them hail instead of rain, and lightning flashed over the land. 33 He ruined their grapevines and fig trees and shattered all the trees. 34 He spoke, and hordes of locusts came— young locusts beyond number. 35 They ate up everything green in the land, destroying all the crops in their fields. 36 Then he killed the oldest son in each Egyptian home, the pride and joy of each family. 37 The Lord brought his people out of Egypt, loaded with silver and gold; and not one among the tribes of Israel even stumbled. 38 Egypt was glad when they were gone, for they feared them greatly.
Though this psalm includes only highlights from Israel’s history, the point is clear: nothing God purposed has failed.
The psalmist began with Abraham. Yet, Jesus would assert plainly in the Gospel of John, “Before Abraham was born, I am”.
John 8:58 (NLT) 58 Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I Am! ”
The epicenter of God’s faithfulness not only preceded the father of Israel, all God’s promises eventually find their “Yes” in him.
2 Corinthians 1:20 (NLT) For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.