Read as a whole, the psalm presents a condensed version of salvation history from Abraham to Moses.
But its purpose is not to educate. Its purpose is to keep the habit of praise alive through all the tight spots of a precarious existence. Whether it is an individual life in the red zone, a family life, or the life of a whole congregation, the Tanakh translation of the psalm offers ten imperatives in its first five verses: Praise the Lord; call on his name; proclaim his deeds; sing praises to him; speak of his wondrous acts; exult in his holy name; let those who seek the Lord rejoice; turn to the Lord; seek his presence constantly; remember the wonders he has done.
—Barbara Brown Taylor, “Divine Provision,” in The Upper Room Disciplines 2023: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2022)
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O give thanks to the Lord; call on his name; make known his deeds among the peoples.
Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wonderful works.
—Psalm 105:1-2 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Loving God, we thank you for the ways you provide for us. Help us to become more aware of your presence in our daily lives and to share your love with others. Amen.
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