Psa 105:1 O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.
Psa 105:2 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.
I believe that Psalm 105 is not only retelling of God’s past intercession on behalf of Israel, but it is a script for God’s future intercession on behalf of the Church. God often works through people to intercede on our behalf. We see this all through the Bible, where kings and others in powerful positions showed favor to God’s people. However, occasionally God will step into our lives directly with WONDEROUS WORKS.
WONDEROUS WORKS: H6381, pâlâ'
1) to be marvellous, be wonderful, be surpassing, be extraordinary, separate by distinguishing action
We see in the Book of Isaiah that WONDERFUL (H6382) is also the name of our LORD Jesus Christ.
Isa 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called WONDERFUL (H6382), Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
We observe over and over again where Jesus gives sight to the blind, causes the lame to walk, cleanses lepers, feeds the multitudes, walks on water, transfigures before His disciples with a blinding light, raises the dead, and performs miracles on a constant and regular basis. In other words, Jesus was marvelous, extraordinary, and WONDERFUL!
When I was younger reading the gospels, I often thought wouldn’t it have been wonderful to have been alive to see Jesus. As I grew older, I thought wouldn’t it be wonderful to be like Jesus. After many years and much study I have come to the conclusion that God wants us all to be WONDERFUL! We were created to reveal God’s glory!
It is my experience that most people are limited, including most Christians, because most people are self-centered. As people grow and mature, they are constantly testing and discovering their own limitations. When we find an area where we are limited, we either give up, or we seek to improve ourselves. However, no matter how much we may be able improve ourselves, whether physically, mentally, or even by advances in technology, we will always be limited. God does not want us to give up, nor does He want us to improve ourselves, God wants us to SEEK Him and His WONDROUS WORKS.
Psa 105:3 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that SEEK the LORD.
Psa 105:4 Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore.
Psa 105:5 Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;
We will always be limited but God will never be limited EXCEPT by our doubt and unbelief. God always works through people. Therefore, God is constantly encouraging us to meditate on His Word, and to remember that He is available to us just like He was available to the heroes of the Bible.
Psa 105:6 O ye SEED of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen.
Psa 105:7 He is the LORD our God: his judgments are in all the earth.
Psa 105:8 He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.
Psa 105:9 Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac;
Psa 105:10 And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant:
The Apostle Paul explained that the promises to Abraham were to his SEED not his seed(s). All the promises to Abraham are through Jesus Christ.
Gal 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
Therefore, God’s promises are to His Church because we are in Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ is in us. People want to see and experience God’s miracles in their lives, but there is a significant drawback to being God’s anointed and Him revealing His glory through us.
Psa 105:11 Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance:
Psa 105:12 When they were but a few men in number; yea, very few, and strangers in it.
Psa 105:13 When they went from one nation to another, from one kingdom to another people;
Psa 105:14 He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes;
Psa 105:15 Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.
When God begins to use people as His anointed instruments, they usually always meet with VIOLENT resistance. Usually the persecution comes from the world’s authorities. Most Christians have a messed up view of the return of Jesus Christ because of the pre-tribulation doctrine. According to the pre-tribulation doctrine, the Church continues on enjoying the pleasures of the world: having Netflix marathons, playing video games, surfing the internet, having backyard barbecues, eating, drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, then one day Jesus takes us all to heaven. Isn’t that what Jesus said?
Mat 24:37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Mat 24:38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
Mat 24:39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Have you ever wondered why Noah and his family were the ONLY people to escape the flood? Did everybody on earth turn bad? I don’t think so. I think I have a pretty good idea about what happened to all the righteous people on the earth. They were persecuted, hunted down, and murdered by the wicked people of the earth. That is the real reason why God judged everybody that was left on the earth.
Gen 6:11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with VIOLENCE.
Gen 6:12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
Gen 6:13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
VIOLENCE: H2555, châmâs, khaw-mawce'
From H2554; violence; by implication wrong; by metonymy unjust gain: - cruel (-ty), damage, false, injustice, X oppressor, unrighteous, violence (against, done), violent (dealing), wrong.
I expect that the wicked people in Noah’s time were doing what wicked people always do…they were persecuting and killing the righteous people. All through the Bible, we see God’s anointed servants appear, and all through the Bible we see them being persecuted.
Heb 11:36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
Heb 11:37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
Heb 11:38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
Why were the heroes of faith wandering in deserts, and in mountains, and living in caves? Was it because caves are really comfortable places to live, or could it be because they were afraid for their lives?
Rom 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Rom 8:36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Rom 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
Satan has done his work well with the pre-tribulation doctrine. Modern day Christians are sleep walking through life, and ignoring the signs of the LORD’s coming. I hope and pray that the Church will not ignore the great outpouring of the Holy Spirit that God has promised before the return of the LORD. Most Christians have not even contemplated why the Church will go through great tribulation. God wants to save as many people from hell as possible. Why would Jesus tell His disciples to pray for more laborers, and then take the laborers from the earth when they are needed the most?
Luk 10:2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.
God does not only need preachers of righteousness, God needs people who will reveal His glory, people who are willing to SUFFER for righteousness sake!
1Co 2:4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
1Co 2:5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the POWER of God.
POWER: G1411, dunamis, doo'-nam-is
From G1410; force (literally or figuratively); specifically miraculous power (usually by implication a miracle itself): - ability, abundance, meaning, might (-ily, -y, -y deed), (worker of) miracle (-s), power, strength, violence, mighty (wonderful) work.
Why did the people of Thessalonica call Paul and Silas the men who had turned the world upside down? Obviously, news of their ministry had preceded them.
Act 17:5 But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.
Act 17:6 And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;
Let’s hear from the Apostle Paul why His preaching of the gospel had such a great effect on his listeners.
Rom 15:18 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed,
Rom 15:19 Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.
Along with the mighty signs and wonders that followed the Apostles, there followed persecution and TRIBULATION in town after town.
Act 14:21 And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch,
Act 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through MUCH TRIBULATION enter into the kingdom of God.
GREAT TRIBULATION is coming like never before because God’s POWER is coming like never before. The power of God and tribulation always go hand in hand. If you think I am a gloom and doomer, you are wrong. I am no more a gloom and doomer, than the Apostles were gloom and doomers. I only hope and pray that more Christians will start waking before it is too late.
This is not the time to wait for the rapture to save us. Now is time for studying scripture to show ourselves approved. Now is the time to prepare for the spiritual warfare that is surely coming.
2Ti 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
2Ti 2:3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
2Ti 2:4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
Although I expect millions, or even billions, of Christians will be killed during the great tribulation, I also expect many millions of Christians will be saved by God just like He saved Israel during the exodus from Egypt.
Zec 13:7 Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.
Zec 13:8 And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.
Zec 13:9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.