New Defender's Study Bible Notes
105:8 thousand generations. It is evident from this verse that “a thousand generations” does not mean precisely, “thirty thousand years,” but rather is just a metaphor synonymous with “for ever.” This fact is further emphasized in Psalm 105:10 where the covenant is called “an everlasting covenant.” Compare Deuteronomy 7:9 and I Chronicles 16:15 (the psalm delivered by David in I Chronicles 16:8-36 included in verses 8–22 has practically the same words as Psalm 105:1-15).
105:15 Touch not mine anointed. In context, the writer (probably David) is referring to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, who were indeed wonderfully protected by God in an alien land, even though they were never physically “anointed,” and although there is no record that God actually spoke these words concerning them. The implication is that God does specially protect all those whom He has called for some special service, as long as they faithfully carry out that mission. There may be an indirect reference to God’s words to Abimelech (Genesis 20:3-7).
105:23 land of Ham. Egypt is also called “the land of Ham” in Psalm 78:51; 105:27; 106:22.
105:27 his signs. The psalmist (probably David) recounts in graphic detail the miracles associated with the exodus of the children of Israel from Egypt and their preservation in the wilderness. This is an inspired confirmation of the literal reality of these miracles.