God’s Saving Word: Praise and Thanksgiving
Psalm 105:23-45: Today’s reading speaks of Moses and Aaron, chosen by God to perform God’s mighty acts and miracles in Egypt (see Exodus 7—10). The psalm concludes with a description of God leading the people out of Egypt and providing for them when they were in the desert (see Exodus 12:37-42; 14:1-31; 16:1—17:7).
23 Then Jacob went to Egypt
and settled in that country.
24 The Lord gave many children to his people
and made them stronger than their enemies.
25 He made the Egyptians hate his people
and treat his servants with deceit.
26 Then he sent his servant Moses,
and Aaron, whom he had chosen.
27 They did God’s mighty acts
and performed miracles in Egypt.
28 God sent darkness on the country,
but the Egyptians did not obey[a] his command.
29 He turned their rivers into blood
and killed all their fish.
30 Their country was overrun with frogs;
even the palace was filled with them.
31 God commanded, and flies and gnats
swarmed throughout the whole country.
32 He sent hail and lightning on their land
instead of rain;
33 he destroyed their grapevines and fig trees
and broke down all the trees.
34 He commanded, and the locusts came,
countless millions of them;
35 they ate all the plants in the land;
they ate all the crops.
36 He killed the first-born sons
of all the families of Egypt.
37 Then he led the Israelites out;
they carried silver and gold,
and all of them were healthy and strong.
38 The Egyptians were afraid of them
and were glad when they left.
39 God put a cloud over his people
and a fire at night to give them light.
40 They[b] asked, and he sent quails;
he gave them food from heaven to satisfy them.
41 He opened a rock, and water gushed out,
flowing through the desert like a river.
42 He remembered his sacred promise
to Abraham his servant.
43 So he led his chosen people out,
and they sang and shouted for joy.
44 He gave them the lands of other peoples
and let them take over their fields,
45 so that his people would obey his laws
and keep all his commands.
Praise the Lord!
Today’s Key Verse: Psalm 105:43
He led his chosen people out, and they sang and shouted for joy.
What mighty acts and miracles are recounted in today’s reading? In what ways did God provide for the people after leading them out of Egypt? In what ways do you experience God’s provision?
Sovereign God, you are ever faithful, and you keep your promises. You provide me with my daily needs, and I thank you for being in your loving care. Keep me faithful as I continue my faith journey, growing in knowledge of you. Amen.
Psalm 111: A psalm in praise of the LORD’s kindness and mercy.