THE ETERNAL FAITHFULNESS OF THE LORD
by Wayne S. Walker
“Oh, give thanks to the LORD! Call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples” (Psalm 105:1). Psalm 105, by an unidentified author, emphasizes God’s faithfulness to the people of Israel throughout their history, especially in the promise to Abraham, the Egyptian bondage, the ten plagues, the Exodus, and the wilderness wanderings. However, the first six verses express the proper response of a people who “give thanks to the Lord” for all that He has faithfully done for them.
“Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; talk of all His wondrous works!” (v. 2). One of the most noticeable ways in which we can praise God is to sing to Him. David arranged for singers in the temple that his son Solomon would build in order to praise God. We also are to be “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in [our] heart to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:19).
“Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LORD!” (v. 3). There are numerous example in the Old Testament of those who gave glory to the name of God and many encouragements for others to do the same. One way that we give glory to God is by being willing to suffer for His sake. “Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter” (1 Peter 4:16). The American Standard Version reads, “let him glorify God in this name.”
“Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His face evermore!” (v. 4). Men like Noah, Abraham, and many others were blessed greatly because they sought the Lord in their lives. Jesus promises us, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8).
“Remember His marvelous works which He has done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth” (v. 5). One of the things which God constantly encouraged Israel to do was to remember His goodness, and when they failed to do so, they strayed away. Sometimes we too stray into sin. “Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place–unless you repent” (Revelation 2:5).