Psalm 105 is a psalm telling the people of Yahweh to give him thanks for all he has done for them and their ancestors. This psalm recounts Yahweh bringing his children out of Egypt, feeding them in the desert, watching over them day and night, and bringing them into a land they did not work for and yet, they received all of the benefits the land had to offer.
I’m sure you’re like me. You’ve been through a lot and only Yahweh deserves your thanks for bringing through. You can sing your own song about what Yahweh has done for you and your family, how he has saved you from death, healed you of sickness, and a host of other things. So take time out and sing a new song to him about how wonderful he is in your life.
To learn more about this series, read “To Yahweh Be the Glory.”
Give Thanks to Yahweh
We give thanks to you, YHVH! We call on your name! We make your deeds known among the peoples.
We sing to you. We sing praises to you and talk about all your wonders.
We glory in your holy name; let those seeking you, YHVH, have joyful hearts. We seek you, YHVH and your strength; we always seek your presence.
We remember the wonders you have done, your signs and your spoken rulings.
We are descendants of Abraham your servant. We are the offspring of Ya’akov (Jacob), your chosen ones. You are YHVH our Elohim! Your rulings are everywhere on earth.
You remember your covenant forever, the word you commanded to a thousand generations, the covenant you made with Abraham, the oath you swore to Yitz’chak (Isaac), and established as a law for Ya’akov, for Israel as an everlasting covenant:
“To you I will give the land of Kena’an (Canaan) as your allotted heritage.”
When they were but few in number, and not only few, but aliens there too, wandering from nation to nation, from this kingdom to that people, you allowed no one to oppress them. Yes, for their sakes you rebuked even kings:
“Don’t touch my anointed ones or do my prophets harm!”
You called down famine on the land, broke off all their food supply, but sent a man ahead of them – Yosef (Joseph), who was sold as a slave. They shackled his feet with chains, and they bound him in irons; until the time when his word proved true. Your utterance kept testing him. The king sent and had him released; the ruler of peoples set him free. He made him lord of his household, in charge of all he owned, correcting his officers as he saw fit and teaching his counselors wisdom.
Then Israel too came into Egypt. Ya’akov lived as an alien in the land of Ham. There you made your people very fruitful, made them too numerous for their foes, whose hearts you turned to hate your people, and treat your servants unfairly. You sent his servant Moshe (Moses) and Aaron, whom you had chosen. They worked your signs among them, your wonders in the land of Ham.
YHVH, you sent darkness, and the land grew dark; they did not defy your word. You turned their water into blood and caused their fish to die. Their land swarmed with frogs, even in the royal chambers. You spoke, and there came swarms of insects and lice throughout their land. You gave them hail instead of rain, with fiery [lightning] throughout their land. You struck their vines and fig trees, shattering trees all over their country. You spoke, and locusts came, also grasshoppers without number; they ate up everything green in their land, devoured the fruit of their ground.
YHVH, you struck down all the firstborn in their land, the first fruits of all their strength. Then you led your people out, laden with silver and gold; among your tribes not one stumbled. Egypt was happy to have them leave, because fear of [Israel] had seized them.
YHVH, you spread out a cloud to screen them off and fire to give them light at night. When they asked, you brought them quails and satisfied them with food from heaven. You split a rock, and water gushed out, flowing as a river over the dry ground, for you remembered your holy promise to your servant Abraham. You led out your people with joy, your chosen ones with singing. Then you gave them the lands of the nations, and they possessed what peoples had toiled to produce, in order to obey your laws and follow your teachings.