Today we focus in on Psalm 105, a poetic history of the people of Israel. If you want a summary of the Hebrew Scriptures in a concise package, you’ve come to the right place. The psalmist begins by reminding us of our part in the story of God:
Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name;Psalm 105:1-2 NIV
make known among the nations what he has done.
Sing to him, sing praise to him;
tell of all his wonderful acts.
How often are you stopping to “tell of all his wonderful acts?” Or better yet, how often are you stopping to recognize all his wonderful acts in your life? The psalmist recounts Israel’s history, which is also your history and my history because we are children of Abraham (Gal. 3:7). We need to know this story! It’s your story!
Your personal story is also important. Every generation of believers learns the historical story of Yahweh’s people. We are also called to be witnesses of what he has done in our lives. We need to tell others the story of Jesus and how he has changed our lives! Lost souls need to hear that God remembers the promises he has made forever, and those promises extend to us as well! (v. 8-10)
Telling our story also keeps us focused on what matters. History is selective. We tend to tell about the winning goal we scored rather than what we ate for lunch in the 4th grade. We tend to leave out the unimportant details in favor of the ones we view as more important.
So how important is God to you?
How important is the saving power of Jesus in your life?
If it is important to you, are you telling that story?
If not, why not?
These questions get us thinking about what is really important in our past, and those realizations should influence us to focus on what is important in the present and the future.
Glory in his holy name;Psalm 105:3-4 NIV
let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.
Look to the LORD and his strength;
seek his face always.
Our history is his story. Let us all focus on what truly matters, and tell that story in our lives. Blessings.