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Give thanks to the LORD and proclaim his greatness.
Let the whole world know what he has done.
Sing to him; yes, sing his praises.
Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds.
(Psalm 105:1-2, NLT)
The first two verses of Psalm 105 exhort the people of Israel to give thanks to God, to proclaim His greatness, and to sing His praises. They also are exhorted, not once but twice, to tell everyone about the things that the Lord has done, His wonderful deeds. The psalm then goes on to recount God’s faithfulness to Israel, from His covenant with Abraham to His leading the Israelites into the land that God had promised them. The psalm tells of God’s faithfulness to Jacob and to Joseph, His deliverance of the Israelites from their slavery in Egypt, and His miraculous provision of manna and water in the wilderness. These were all things that the Israelites knew they should not just praise God for, but also tell everyone about.
The faithful God who delivered the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt, who provided food and water in the wilderness, and who brought them into the Promised Land is the same faithful God who is still at work in the lives of believers today. Just as He made a covenant with Abraham, He has made a covenant with all believers, providing for a means to eternal life through the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. The same God who delivered the Israelites from their bondage to Pharaoh has delivered believers from the bondage of sin. And His deliverance does not stop there, as He has delivered countless people from the bondage of drugs and alcohol, the bondage of gambling, the bondage of debt.
The God who provided manna and water for the Israelites in the wilderness is the same God who provides for us today, sometimes in miraculous ways and sometimes through the charity and generosity of friends or strangers. He is and always will be our Jehovah-Jireh, our Provider. Our God is worthy of all of our thanks and praise, not just because of what He has done for us, but because of who He is. But, when we see His wonderful deeds in our lives, just like the Israelites, we need to tell everyone about them. Why? Because people need to hear them.
I don’t know about you, but I find that reading about the things that God has done for His people throughout the history of the world brings me great comfort when I realize that I serve a God who can do such things for His people. Hearing of His wonderful deeds throughout time strengthens my faith and brings me to my knees in awe of this God who loves us so much. When we tell people of the things that God has done for us, when we proclaim His greatness and tell every one of His wonderful deeds, we can bring comfort, strength, and an increased faith to those who believe. And for those who don’t, hearing our testimony of what God has done for us just may be the thing that helps lead them into a life-giving relationship with Jesus Christ.
Has God done wondrous deeds in your life? Give Him thanks, praise His greatness, and be sure to tell others about what the Lord has done!