Thursday, October 19, 2017
Psalms 105:43 – 45 He brought out his people with rejoicing, his chosen ones with shouts of joy; he gave them the lands of the nations, and they fell heir to what others had toiled for—that they might keep his precepts and observe his laws. Praise the LORD.
Before you begin reading this devotional, please read the entire 105th Psalm. In case you don’t have your Bible with you, here is a link. It will only take about than three minutes, but it is important. https://www.blueletterbible.org/esv/psa/105/1/s_583001
Now, here are a couple of thoughts for you to ponder today.
First, This Psalm was written about 450 years after the events it describes. The events were significant enough that the author had learned them in great detail. It was highly unlikely that he had a copy of the books of Genesis and Exodus in his personal library. He had committed them to memory during his childhood as he was taught by one of the rabbis.
Compare that to our situation today. Most of us own multiple copies of the entire Word of God, but how many of us could give from memory the specific details of God’s deliverance of Israel from Egypt? Why is it that the study of God’s Word is such a low priority for us?
Second, consider the attitude of the writer towards the events. Everything he expresses is a positive statement of God’s faithfulness to His promises. He even has a totally positive attitude towards the people of Israel, whom we know, through the reading of the historical record, had lots of serious issues and needed constant discipline and correction. But the author’s focus was on the character of God and not the failure of people. I’ve discovered that if my eyes are turned upon Jesus, and I’m looking fully in His wonderful face, that the things of earth grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace. We can choose to have a positive attitude.
Here’s a cute story I heard from a former missionary from our church. A woman woke one morning to discover only three hairs on her head. “Oh good,” she exclaimed, “Braiding my hair will be easy today.” And she had a very good day. She awoke the next day to find only two hairs on her head. “I think I’ll part my hair down the middle.” And she had a wonderful day. She awoke the next morning to discover only one hair on her head. “Great! I can be a little girl again and wear a pony tail.” And she had a fun, fun day. She awoke the next morning to discover no hair on her head. “Yippee! I don’t have to fix my hair today.” Attitude is everything.
Finally, I am very blessed by the conclusion of this Psalm. Several phrases jumped out at me and hit me where I needed to be hit.
He brought out his people… Whatever wilderness you are wandering right now, God will bring you out.
He brought out his people with rejoicing, his chosen ones with shouts of joy. The people came out of their difficulties with shouts of rejoicing. When God delivers, He delivers us physically, emotionally, and spiritually, so we are able to fully rejoice in what He has done rather than dwell on what was wrong. God takes us from pity parties to praise parties.
He gave them the lands of the nations, and they fell heir to what others had toiled for… God bestows immeasurable grace upon those He delivers. Someday we too will inherit what we did not toil for. Jesus did the work of redemption on the cross. Jesus is doing the work of preparing our mansions in heaven. We did nothing to fall heir to the inheritance of eternal life and the glory of God’s presence in heaven. Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!
That they might keep his precepts and observe his laws. Based on all of God’s great work on our behalf, we are filled with the Holy Spirit, with the life-changing principles of God’s law written on our hearts. As a result, we are motivated to obey Him and serve Him – not to earn anything more, but because we have already received every spiritual blessing from God on high.
So, study God’s Word. Adjust your attitude. Shout for joy. Serve your Savior.