And He brought forth His people with joy,
His chosen ones with a joyful shout.
He gave them also the lands of the nations,
That they might take possession of the fruit of the peoples’ labor,
So that they might keep His statutes
And observe His laws,
Praise the Lord! Psalm 105: 42-45

Psalm 105 retells the story of God bringing the Israelites out of Egyptian captivity, through the desert, and into the Promised Land.

Before they reached the long-promised land, they endured 400 years of harsh captivity in the land of Egypt.

Then Moses, an Israelite who had been brought up in the palace of Pharoah, and murdered an Egyptian, appeared from exile on the back side of the desert. Moses told the Israelites that he was back to lead them from Egypt to the Promised Land.

God was gracious to the Israelites as He empowered Moses to bring plagues upon the Egyptians but spared the Israelites.

Finally, Pharaoh released the Israelites but soon pursued them into the desert. Pharaoh’s army quickly approached the Israelites … the Red Sea the only barrier between Pharaoh and freedom.

Through Moses, God parted the Red Sea, and the Israelites crossed on dry land to the other side. They watched the Egyptian soldiers enter the dry land and the water walls crash over them.

Egypt and the Red Sea behind them, the Israelites stepped into the desert where they endured hunger and thirst to learn that Jehovah was their provider, their healer, their sustainer.

By day, God led the Israelites by the cooling cloud, and by night by the warming pillar of fire.

Psalm 105 recounts the trials that the Israelites encountered and how God brought them through the trials to victory.

Psalm 105:42-45 tell us why God was gracious … “so that” …

We sometimes forget that God brings us through the trials for a reason, “so that.” We forget that the miracles and promises are for “so that.”

In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures. James 1:18

And what do the first fruits of God’s creatures do?

visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. James 1:27b

What is the “so that” of the miracle or promise that is your heart’s cry?

My prayer for you:

Our Great Sustainer, You delight in promising Your children good things. Thank You for stretching Your children, so that we learn to depend upon You. Soften our hearts, so that we might recognize the reason why we are enduring trials. Show us the “so that” and empower us to accomplish it well.

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