The psalm opens exuberantly. It goes on to recount, in the course of 45 verses, the ancient narrative of Israel and what God has done for the people: the covenant with the patriarchs, the deliverance from bondage in Egypt, entrance into the land of Canaan.
The psalms were mostly composed to be recited and sung in the temple liturgically in the worship service. The opening verses of Psalm 105 are a call to worship, inviting the congregation to praise and give thanks to God, and to make known God’s great deeds of salvation and faithfulness, which are then conveyed. Indeed, those recited great deeds are the impetus for giving praise and thanks to God.
In our Sunday service, in the Eucharistic Prayer (Great Thanksgiving), the great deeds of God’s continued faithfulness and salvation through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus are recounted; and we give thanks and praise. The word “eucharist” comes from the original Greek word meaning to be thankful.
As we become mindful of what God has done for us in our own personal lives and what blessings there are each day, we are moved to give thanks and praise.
Source of all blessing and goodness, we sing your praises! Amen. — TDW