The first 15 verses of this psalm are also in 1 Chronicles 16:8-22. They were sung in celebration of David bringing the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem.
Verse 1 – Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples.
Verse 2 – Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; talk of His wondrous works.
Verse 3 – Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord.
Verse 4 – Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His face evermore.
Verse 5 – Remember His marvelous works which He has done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth,
Verse 6 – O seed of Abraham His servant, you children of Jacob, His chosen ones!
Jesus said in Matthew 7:7, “Seek and you will find.” In Hebrews 11:6, we are told that God rewards those who diligently seek Him. God also says in Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.”
When we go after Jesus with all of our heart and soul, He will make Himself known to you. Our God is a “Huge” rewarder. We don’t seek Him to get “stuff.” We seek Him because of what He has done for us. The blessings of the Lord are full of love for us and He doesn’t mind showing us, again and again.
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, for thousand generations,
Verse 9 – The covenant which He made with Abraham, and His oath to Isaac,
Verse 10 – And confirmed it to Jacob for a statute to Israel for an everlasting covenant,
Verse 11 – Saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan (Genesis 13:15; 15:18), as the allotment of your inheritance,”
This land called Canaan, is now called Israel,but not all of what God gave them. Down throughout history, war after war has been fought to take this land from God’s chosen people. Israel has ended up with such a small part of what was originally given through a covenant between Abraham and God, but here’s the “Kicker.” God said any nation that comes against Israel, He will destroy (Zechariah 12:9)!
Verse 12 – When they were but a few, and strangers in it.
Verse 13 – When they went from one nation to another, from one kingdom to another people,
Verse 14 – He permitted no one to do them wrong; Yes, He reproved kings for their sake,
Verse 15 – Saying, “Do not touch My anointed ones, and do My prophets no harm.”
When the Israelites entered Egypt, there were but a few hundred, but after almost 400 years of being enslaved there, God brought them out, a few million.
Are you born again? Then, you have been grafted into God’s family.
Galatians 3:29 – and if you are Christs’, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Point being: since we are born again, belonging to Christ, God has a very strict warning to others concerning, causing any harm to those who belong to Him. If someone does, there will be a very high price to pay.
Verse 16 – Moreover He called for a famine in the land; He destroyed all the provisions of bread.
Verse 17 – He sent a man before them – Joseph – who was sold as a slave.
Verse 18 – They hurt his feet with fetters (shackles for the feet), he was laid in irons.
Verse 19 – Until the time that his word came to pass, the word of the Lord tested him.
We think sometimes, that when bad things start happening in our lives, that either God has forgotten us or He doesn’t care about us anymore. Not so!
Joseph had a dream when he was a young boy about his brothers bowing down to him (Genesis 37:7). But, how he got there was through being mistreated, lied on, and placed in prison after being falsely accused. He went through a tremendous time of “testing.”
So, don’t think it strange when you go through times of testing that it could possible last for years. Look forward to the end result from which God is taking you. The latter will be better than the former (Job 14:12 and Haggai 2:9).
Verse 20 – The king sent and released him the ruler of the people let him go free.
Verse 21 – He made him lord of his house, and ruler of his possessions,
Verse 22 – To bind his princes at his pleasure, and teach his elders wisdom.
Verse 23 – Israel also came into Egypt, and Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham (in Egypt; Ham, one of Noah’s sons).
Verse 24 – And He increased His people greatly, and made them stronger than their enemies.
Verse 25 – He turned their heart to hate His people, to deal craftily with His servants.
Did God make the Egyptians hate the Israelites? No. But because they saw the blessings and protection from God for His people it caused the Egyptians to become jealous and then they hated them.
Verse 26 – He sent Moses, His servant, and Aaron whom He had chosen.
Verse 27 – They performed His signs among them, and wonders in the land of Ham.
Verse 28 – He sent darkness, and made it dark; and they did not rebel against His word.
Verse 29 – He turned their waters into blood, and killed their fish.
Verse 30 – Their land abounded with frogs, even in the chambers of their kings.
Verse 31 – He spoke, and there came swarms of flies, and lice in all their territory.
Verse 32 – He gave them hail for rain, and flaming fire in their land.
Verse 33 – He struck their vines also, and their fig trees, and splintered the trees of their territory.
Verse 34 – He spoke, and locusts came, young locusts without number,
Verse 35 – and ate up all the vegetation in their land, and devoured the fruit of their ground.
Verse 36 – He also destroyed all the firstborn in their land, the first of all their strength.
However, the entire time of all these plagues on the land, Israel was protected. That cause the Egyptians to hate them even more!
Verse 37 – He also brought them out with silver and gold, and there was none feeble among His tribes.
We’re talking about millions of people, and none were sick or crippled!
Verse 38 – Egypt was glad when they departed, for the fear of them had fallen upon them.
Verse 39 – He spread a cloud for a covering, and fire to give light in the night.
Verse 40 – The people asked, and He brought quail, and satisfied them with the bread of heaven.
Verse 41 – He opened the rock, and water gushed out; it ran in the dry places like a river.
Notice how faithful God was to His covenant with Abraham.
Verse 42 – For He remembered His holy promise, and Abraham His servant.
Verse 43 – He brought out His people with joy, His chosen ones with gladness.
Verse 44 – He gave them the lands of the Gentiles, and they inherited the labor of the nations,
Verse 45 – That they might observe His statutes and keep His laws. Praise the Lord!
He took them out, to take them in !