Remember the Covenant

Psalm 105

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.

Seek the Lord, and his strength: seek his face evermore.

Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;

It is so important to remember what th3e Lord has done for us and give Him thanks.  Sometimes I get too caught up in my day to day activities, and forget to give Him thanks for the mess He brought me out of.  Sex, drugs, alcohol a vile mouth and a demeaning personality were a toxic combination.  But He never gave up on me.  He went to amazing lengths to bring me to His,Son Jesus Christ, to reshape my thinking, and to bring me to my wife.  The changes in my life are an amazing tribute t the strength, mercy and judgment of God.

And not  only should I give Him thanks for these things on a regular basis, but I should make them known to others.  Our testimony is the most powerful thing we have to reach this world with the gospel.  Yet all to often, we hold back from telling people where God has brought us from, and what he has brought us through since we accepted Him.  These words can be an encouragement to many and instill hope that their life too can be better.  Let’s do more to share what God has done for us!

O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen.

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;

10 And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant:

11 Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance:

The covenant of Abraham was revered among the Jews.  “I will bless them that bless you, and I will curse them that curse you” (Gen 12:3) is even the basis for the United State’s strong support of Israel through the ventures.  This is an old covenant, but never more true than today.  God has blessed our country in so many ways, they are innumerable.  And I look at the vast desserts of the countries that curse Israel, and wonder how they cannot  see this verse playing true in their part of the world.

It is here that God gave Israel he land of Canaan (Gen 17:8).  Today, there is a big fight over what Land Israel has a right to.  The West Bank is the biggest point of contention.  Israel does not control all of old Canaan, but  the  West Bank is part of that.  The Palestinians say that they were there first, but God gave this land to Israel over 4,000 years ago.  We as Christians should be on Israels side in this battle and praying for peace.  This is also a part of the Abrahamic covenant.

12 When they were but a few men in number; yea, very few, and strangers in it.

13 When they went from one nation to another, from one kingdom to another people;

14 He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes;

15 Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.

16 Moreover he called for a famine upon the land: he brake the whole staff of bread.

We can read of all the favor that Abraham found whole he traveled back then,  Twice with the Pharaoh of Egypt, once with the King of Salem (Melchizedek) and once in battle with several kings.  He was waned by God ahead of time about Lot’s destiny in Sodom and Gomorrah, and had a chance to pray for his nephew.  He was not troubled as he settled n Canaan, which is a miracle in itself.  And his family was blessed, as they had a child at a very old age.  It is incredible to see all the ways God blessed Abraham.

we too can expect to be blessed if we walk as Abraham walked, by  faith.  In fact God says He will reward us if we walk by faith (Heb 12:6).  Abraham went into Canaan, leaving his family and not knowing his destination and what would meet him there, totally by faith.  Abraham was prepared to offer up the son of his old age on an alter at God’s request, having faith God would raise his son from the dead if he did sacrifice him. (Remember, he said we will return when he went up to the mountain (Gen 22:1-19).  Trust God for your every step and you will never be disappointed.

17 He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant:

18 Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron:

19 Until the time that his word came: the word of the Lord tried him.

20 The king sent and loosed him; even the ruler of the people, and let him go free.

21 He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his substance:

22 To bind his princes at his pleasure; and teach his senators wisdom.

Then comes Joseph’s story, which could take a long time, but I will summarize.  A favorite of his father, his brothers sold him into slavery in Egypt, where he was imprisoned, interpreted dream, found favor with favor, became second in command and saved his whole family from famine.  It is amazing picture of God’s mercy and grace which is a great picture of Christ and what He has done for us.  Josephs story is one of the most loving and caring stories in the whole bible stories in the bible and I encourage you to read it if you never have, or haven;t in a long time (Gen 37-44).

One of the things it shows us is that God prepares ahead of tie for  the trials that we face,or He might bring hardship into our lives in preparation for a battle our brothers and sisters, or our family, might go through in the future.  When my sexual sin was uncovered for the second time, and  ended up in Kentucky for 8 months dealing with ti, it was the toughest time in my or my wife’s life and for our marriage.  It was much harder on her than me, and she almost gave up the fight which would have been perfectly legitimate to do.. But we both hung in there and saw it through.  Slowly our marriage came back together, and our family tightened up.  Through this cancer battle, she has been a rock of strength for me, and I look back to what Goid di in her life during that time 8 years ago and since,and I jist rejoice.  God prepared us ahead of time for this!

23 Israel also came into Egypt; and Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.

24 And he increased his people greatly; and made them stronger than their enemies.

25 He turned their heart to hate his people, to deal subtilly with his servants.

Joseph ended up bringing his whole family to Egypt and they were blessed with good land and homes because Pharaoh was so grateful for all Joseph had done for his people.  But soon they were forgotten by Pharaoh’s that rose up,and were put to hard labor.  For 400 years, they had to put up with that fact.  Sometimes  God will allow things into our lives that we can never understand. We just have to trust Him, and hope the time is short, and that He will give us the strength to endure.  And He always will, and He never forgets us.

26 He sent Moses his servant; and Aaron whom he had chosen.

27 They shewed his signs among them, and wonders in the land of Ham.

28 He sent darkness, and made it dark; and they rebelled not against his word.

29 He turned their waters into blood, and slew their fish.

30 Their land brought forth frogs in abundance, in the chambers of their kings.

31 He spake, and there came divers sorts of flies, and lice in all their coasts.

32 He gave them hail for rain, and flaming fire in their land.

33 He smote their vines also and their fig trees; and brake the trees of their coasts.

34 He spake, and the locusts came, and caterpillers, and that without number,

35 And did eat up all the herbs in their land, and devoured the fruit of their ground.

36 He smote also all the firstborn in their land, the chief of all their strength.

37 He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their tribes.

38 Egypt was glad when they departed: for the fear of them fell upon them.

The story of Moses in Exodus is nothing short of remarkable.  How hs was saved as a baby, raised in Pharaohs own home, exiled from the country at the age of 40, spent 40 years on the backside of the dessert and then was called to lead Israel back to the promised land.  So he came back to Egypt pronounce 10 plagues on the Egyptians, and finally was given permission to leave with all his people and their possessions.  The writer here takes time to list the plagues to remind the people of the amazing things God has doe for them  You can read it in Exodus 1-12.

God can use anyone Moses stuttered, yet God used him.  Moses protested that he was too timid, yet God used him  Moses tried three excuses, God accepted none of them. If God calls you, He will equip you.  He was 80 years old when he started his ministry, and it lasted another 40 years.  I’m only 65 – I’m raring to go!

39 He spread a cloud for a covering; and fire to give light in the night.

40 The people asked, and he brought quails, and satisfied them with the bread of heaven.

41 He opened the rock, and the waters gushed out; they ran in the dry places like a river.

42 For he remembered his holy promise, and Abraham his servant.

I am always amazed at the facts above.  First, God leaves them for 40 years – 40 YEARS – in the desert.  A cloud gave them shelter from the hot sun during the day and a fire gave them light at night.  For 40 years!  When the cloud moved, they moved.  When it stopped, they stopped and set-up camp.  It is simply amazing that they kept complaining about God not being with them when this was happening.  I wish I had that kind of a visible sign that God was always leading me!  Of course, that might take some of the faith factor out of it.

Besides that, they knew that God was always providing for them.  Every day foor 40 years – EVERY DAY except Sabbath, He showered manna from heaven – just enough for that day, except the day before the Sabbath when they got double so they would not have to work on the Sabbath.  How did they know it would only last a day?  It would rot the next day, except for the day before the Sabbath when it lasted two days.  How could they not see God was providing with those circumstances?  God provides for us every day as well – how do we not see it?

The quail – they gathered enough to fill a full freezer, but rotted by the time they got a chance to eat it, and killed many.  The water out of a rock – what can I say?  A miracle.  Sometimes God provides for us miraculously, and we stand awe.  Sometimes it’s for our good, and sometimes it is just to show us that we did not really need it, and it comes close to destroying us.  Be careful what you ask for from God.  He might give it to you even though He knows it will only lead to heartache.

The writer then reminds them again of the covenant with Abraham.  All of this provision was done because God does not fore=get His covenant with His people.  he will never forget the covenant He made with you when you accepted Christ.  Never.  Rest secure in that covenant.

43 And he brought forth his people with joy, and his chosen with gladness:

44 And gave them the lands of the heathen: and they inherited the labour of the people;

45 That they might observe his statutes, and keep his laws. Praise ye the Lord.

God brought them out with joy and gladness  He placed them in the land He promised, and gave them the substance of the land so they could keep His laws and His statutes.

God brings us out of our sin with joy and gladness.  He gives us His word and His mercy and grace, and all the blessings that come from our salvation.  He gives us the fruit of the spirit, the fruit of the land.  These things are ours to enjoy.  He asks us to follow His laws and His statues,which means we treat each other with love and compassion, and do unto others as we would want them to do unto us.  All hatred and animosity are gone.  We think like Phil 4:8 tells us to think.  And we praise the Lord.  What a world, what a life, He has given us!

 

 

 

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