day 41 – put a psalm in my heart

Today, the history lover in us comes out to play as we read and reflect on Psalm 105.

This morning: read Psalm 105.1-15. God’s people must be lovers of history for history is the record of God’s dealing with people and reveals who he is in attitude and action. As we recount with each other what he has specifically done, we are moved to praise him, sing to him, glory in him, look to him, and remember him all the more. We are called to recall and remember because we’re to be like him and he is the God who remembers and recalls his people:

“Remember the wonders he has done … He remembers his covenant forever …” (vs. 5,8)

And so, too, let us not forget that to “remember,” as Scripture uses the term, is to “act” (vs. 8-44).*

Mid-day: read Psalm 105.16-42. As we rehearse what God has been doing, we realize there are portions of that history that stand out to us. Those moments function as milestones along our way with him. These markers are not disjointed or unrelated, but are divinely linked to one another.

As you read this remembrance of some of Israel’s history, what portion of the record are seen as major milestones and dwelt upon? That is, what specific portions of the Pentateuch and Joshua (e.g. – God’s guidance in the wilderness as told in Num. 9.15-16; 11.31-32; 20.2-13) do you see brought up here to ponder?

Ask yourself: if you were to write a record of God’s dealings with you through the course of your life, what milestones would you record, and with a mind tilted toward the benefit of others who came after you who would see your record about his work?

Tonight: read Psalm 105.43-45. The purpose for reviewing our history is to remember about how God remembers his promises, how he brings rescue and deliverance to his people, and how he gives to us, generously so, over and over again. And all of that is to this end, of course:

“… that they [we] might keep his precepts and observe his laws. Praise the Lord.” (vs. 45)

So be it.

* Note: You’ll find vs. 1-5 repeated in 1 Chronicles 16.8-22.