Give thanks to the Lord and pray to him.
Tell the nations what he has done.
Sing to him; sing praises to him.
Tell about all his miracles.
Be glad that you are his;
let those who seek the Lord be happy.
Depend on the Lord and his strength;
always go to him for help.
Remember the miracles he has done;
remember his wonders and his decisions.
You are descendants of his servant Abraham,
the children of Jacob, his chosen people.
He is the Lord our God.
His laws are for all the world.
He will keep his agreement forever;
he will keep his promises always.
He will keep the agreement he made with Abraham
and the promise he made to Isaac.
He made it a law for the people of Jacob;
he made it an agreement with Israel to last forever.
The Lord said, “I will give you the land of Canaan,
and it will belong to you.” (NCV)
I have a daily habit of reading the psalms. There are two reasons I do this: first, the psalms are the church’s prayer book; and, second, I need their reminders – a lot! Remembering is a major theme throughout the entirety of Holy Scripture. Part of our human condition, fallen and forgetful as we are, is 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 means never forgetting Passover and keeping it on the front burners of their minds. God redeemed his people out of Egyptian slavery and into a good Promised Land. They were to always remember 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 God remembers. The Lord 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 are stinkers and forget who I am.
God does not forget. He 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 Christians everywhere, 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 become 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 then 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.
May your journey with Jesus cause you to remember his life and ministry, his death and resurrection, and his ascension and glory for us who believe. And may you continually have Christ before you, at the forefront of your mind as well as deep in your heart.
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. – “Now We Remain” by David Haas