“Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced, you his servants… He remembers his covenant forever, the promise he made, for a thousand generations…” (New International Version)
Every day I read in the psalms. There are two reasons I do this: first, the psalms are the church’s prayer book. They are more than reading material; the psalms are meant and designed to be owned for us as prayers; and, second, I need their reminders – a lot!
Remembering is a major theme throughout the entirety of Holy Scripture. It’s just part of the human condition, fallen and forgetful as we are, to lose sight of what has taken place in the past. Today’s psalm invites us to seek the Lord through remembering all the good and wonderful works he has done.
For Israel, remembering meant continually having Passover in front of them. God redeemed his people out of Egyptian slavery and into a good Promised Land. They were to never forget God’s miracle through the Red Sea, his protection over them from other nations, and his provision of food and necessities in the desert.
We are to remember because we are made in God’s image and likeness. God remembers. God has an ongoing reminder in his divine day timer: fulfill the promises I made; keep the covenant I initiated with the people, even when they’re stinkers and forget who I am.
God doesn’t forget. He always keeps his promises. For the Christian, all God’s promises are remembered and fulfilled in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Deliverance from sin, death, and hell; the gift of the Holy Spirit; and, ongoing presence and provision are given to us graciously and freely by the God who loves and cares for his people. For us, remembering means coming to the Lord’s Table, entering into the once of for all loving sacrifice of Christ on our behalf.
One of the reasons I write and journal about my life and Scripture is to remember. Sometimes I forget. There are times when I’m overwhelmed with life and it feels as if God has forgotten me. In such times, I look back into my journal and see what God has done. And I peer into the psalms and see that God is active in his big world, always attentive to working what is just, right, and good in his people.
I randomly opened my journal to an entry made on May 6, 2016. May your journey with Jesus in this season of Lent cause you to remember the Lord Jesus, to have him always before you:
“Now We Remain” by David Haas –
We hold the death of the Lord deep in our hearts.
Living, now we remain with Jesus, the Christ.
Once we were people afraid, lost in the night.
Then, by your cross, we were saved;
dead became living, life from your giving.
Something which we have known, something we’ve touched,
what we have seen with our eyes;
this we have heard; life-giving Word.
He chose to give of himself, become our bread.
Broken that we might live.
Love beyond love, pain for our pain.
We are the presence of God; this is our call.
Now to become bread and wine; food for the hungry, life for the weary,
for to live with the Lord, we must die with the Lord.