“When he summoned a famine on the land and broke all supply of bread, he had sent a man ahead of them, Joseph, who was sold as a slave. His feet were hurt with fetters; his neck was put in a collar of iron; until what he had said came to pass, the word of the LORD tested him. The king sent and released him; the ruler of the peoples set him free; he made him lord of his house and ruler of all his possessions, to bind his princes at his pleasure and to teach his elders wisdom.” – Psalm 105: Verse 16-22
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One of the interesting topics about the Psalms of King David is the manner in which they present the history of Israel from the Pentateuch as well as books leading up to Brit Chadasha. The ability to reflect on the history of Israel helps provide for a concise yet clear view of the struggles that occurred, yet not allow for these struggles to diminish but rather increase the strength of Israel and believers. King David was able to show that the history of Israel is well remembered and has helped establish a conscience of seeking the LORD and attempting to understand the way history works out for our good.
King David was able to describe the way Joseph had a series of events work out for him even when at first it seemed rather harsh. First Joseph was sold by his own brothers due to the jealousy that existed between them for Joseph. In a similar fashion of Cain and Abel, Joseph’s brother did not delight in the righteousness of Joseph and wanted him to go. Joseph being faithful to the LORD made sure to continue without grumbling and was eventually set over the most prosperous country during the worst famine at the time. King David would experience the same jealousy from Saul and would trust GOD through his path.
This collective history allows us to understand that there has always been difficulties and jealousies in history, yet the important point is to trust in GOD and in His path. While there are distractions that attempt to change our path, we are to keep straight our path and not turn to the right or left. Distractions only serve to keep us distracted. Therefore, we must be able to keep our vision focused on the LORD and his commandments like Joseph, David, and Ruth. We are reminded that the LORD is able to test us in order to see what is in our hearts. Like the potter being able to work on the clay, the painter on the canvas, and the musician on the instrument, so the LORD is able to test to see if the instrument or vessel is able to completely continue to the purpose of the Creator.