Psalm 105: Faithful God

What is gained by recognizing God’s greatness?

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Psalm 105:1–3 Recognize how great the Lord is, and give him thanks.
Make his wonderful work known to all the people. Sing praises to him, telling about his mighty miracles. 3 Boast of his great reputation for doing good. Let those who seek the Lord rejoice in knowing him.
King James
Psalm 105:1–3 O give thanks unto the Lord; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people. Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works. Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord.

How does seeking God affect our strength?

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Psalm 105:4 Look to the Lord for strength, and always seek to please him.
King James
Psalm 105:4 Seek the Lord, and his strength: seek his face evermore.

How can people forget God’s miracles?

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Psalm 105:5–6 Don’t forget all the miracles he has done, the judgments he spoke against his enemies, you descendants of Abraham, chosen children of Jacob.
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Psalm 105:5–6 Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth; O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen.

How is God’s promise to Abraham being fulfilled?

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Psalm 105:7–11 He is the Lord our God, who judges everything on Earth. He will not forget his promise, not for a thousand generations after Abraham, which he swore to Isaac and confirmed to Jacob as legally binding, an eternal agreement with Israel.
“I will give the land of Canaan to you,” he said. “It will all belong to you.”
King James
Psalm 105:7–11 He is the Lord our God: his judgments are in all the earth. He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations. Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac; And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant: Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance:

What makes people “God’s chosen”?

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Psalm 105:12–15 At the time, that promise was made to a mere handful of people who were strangers in the land. They wandered from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another. God protected them from harm, rebuking kings for their sake, saying, “Don’t touch my chosen people. Do not harm my prophets.”
King James
Psalm 105:12–15 When they were but a few men in number; yea, very few, and strangers in it. When they went from one nation to another, from one kingdom to another people; He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes; Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.

With everything Joseph endured, from the hatred of his brothers to spending years in prison, how could he keep trusting God?

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Psalm 105:16–22 He sent a famine upon the land, making food scarce everywhere. Joseph had already been sold into slavery, his feet shackled with iron. When his time of testing was finished, the Lord fulfilled his promise. Pharaoh had Joseph brought from prison, set him free, and put him in charge of everything. Joseph told the officials what to do and taught his elders wisdom.
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Psalm 105:16–22 Moreover he called for a famine upon the land: he brake the whole staff of bread. He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant: Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron: Until the time that his word came: the word of the Lord tried him. The king sent and loosed him; even the ruler of the people, and let him go free. He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his substance: To bind his princes at his pleasure; and teach his senators wisdom.

Why did God grow his family in Egypt and not in Canaan?

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Psalm 105:23–24 Then Jacob and his family left Canaan to live in Egypt. The Lord caused his people to rapidly multiply, making them much more numerous than their enemies.
King James
Psalm 105:23–24 Israel also came into Egypt; and Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham. And he increased his people greatly; and made them stronger than their enemies.

Why did God wait 400 years before bringing his people out of Egypt?

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Psalm 105:25–26 God turned the Egyptians against his people, to plot against those who desired to please him. He sent his servant Moses and chose Aaron.
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Psalm 105:25–26 He turned their heart to hate his people, to deal subtilly with his servants. He sent Moses his servant; and Aaron whom he had chosen.

Why did God use signs and wonders to free the Israelites from Egyptian rule?

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Psalm 105:27–38 They did God’s signs and wonders before the Egyptians, being obedient to his direction. God sent darkness that light couldn’t penetrate. He turned their waters into blood and caused their rivers to stink with dead fish. Their land was overrun with frogs, jumping and croaking in even the inner chambers of Pharaoh’s palace.
At God’s command, all kinds of insects swarmed the country. Hail and lightning ravaged the land, destroying the grapevines and fig trees and leaving trees in splinters.
As soon as God gave the word, clouds of locusts covered the land, devouring all the vegetation and fruit.
God killed the oldest son in every Egyptian family. He brought his people from Egypt with an abundance of silver and gold, and no one lagged behind. The Egyptians feared what might happen next if God’s people didn’t leave, so they were glad to see them go.
King James
Psalm 105:27–38 They shewed his signs among them, and wonders in the land of Ham. He sent darkness, and made it dark; and they rebelled not against his word. He turned their waters into blood, and slew their fish. Their land brought forth frogs in abundance, in the chambers of their kings. He spake, and there came divers sorts of flies, and lice in all their coasts. He gave them hail for rain, and flaming fire in their land. He smote their vines also and their fig trees; and brake the trees of their coasts. He spake, and the locusts came, and caterpillers, and that without number, And did eat up all the herbs in their land, and devoured the fruit of their ground. He smote also all the firstborn in their land, the chief of all their strength. He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their tribes. Egypt was glad when they departed: for the fear of them fell upon them.

How did people feel about God’s miraculous provisions?

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Psalm 105:39–42 God used a cloud to shade his people from the sun’s brutal heat and gave them fire to light the night.
When people begged for food, God gave them quail for meat and manna for bread.
God opened the rock and a river flowed out to water the desert, for he remembered his special promise made to his servant Abraham.
King James
Psalm 105:39–42 He spread a cloud for a covering; and fire to give light in the night. The people asked, and he brought quails, and satisfied them with the bread of heaven. He opened the rock, and the waters gushed out; they ran in the dry places like a river. For he remembered his holy promise, and Abraham his servant.

What gave the Israelites the right to take other people’s land?

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Psalm 105:43–45 He brought his people out of Egypt with celebration and song and gave them the land that others had cultivated, looking for them to follow his guidance and obey his commands.
Praise the Lord.
King James
Psalm 105:43–45 And he brought forth his people with joy, and his chosen with gladness: And gave them the lands of the heathen: and they inherited the labour of the people; That they might observe his statutes, and keep his laws. Praise ye the Lord.