Reading: Psalm 105: 37-45
Verse 45: …that they might keep His precepts and observe His laws.
This last section of Psalm 105 recounts the exodus from Egypt. The Israelites left Egypt “laden with silver and gold” and headed out into the desert with a cloud for shade in the day and a pillar of fire for light at night. God provided for their physical needs with quail and manna and He brought water from a rock. God led them into a land that other nations had toiled over and developed and built up. God blessed the chosen people on their exit from slavery in Egypt right up to their entrance into the Promised Land.
It is good for a people to tell their story. This Psalm that would have been sung in worship reminds the people of what God has done for them out of His great love for them. We too sing songs that remind us of our faith story. Whether it is a classic like “The Old Rugged Cross” or “Amazing Grace” or if it is a more modern song like “Trading My Sorrows” or “Come As You Are”, we sing songs of praise to remember His love and His actions in our bigger faith story. We may know, for example, that Jesus died on the cross for our sins but songs that remind us also remind us of His great love for us.
To be reminded encourages us and strengthens our faith. It helps us to grow in and to deepen our relationship with God. It is why we hug and kiss our spouse and children each morning and night, saying “I love you” each time. They know it but it sure does us good to say it and to hear it. It is the same when we sing praises to the Lord. God may know we love Him and we may know God loves us, but it sure does us good to sing it.
There is also a second benefit. After listing how God gave, God brought, God provided, … the psalmist writes, “…that they might keep His precepts and observe His laws”. This is also why we must sing of His mighty acts and of His love for us. It reminds us to say “I love you” back with how we live our lives. May we say it well today.