The Blessing of Remembering

Psalm 143:5-6
I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands.  I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land.  Selah.

We often talk about the importance of making memories with those we love.  We take pictures and videos to capture moments in our lives that matter to us and that we want to be able to look back on and remember.  Many people keep diaries or journals to record their life’s events.  We store up treasured memories in our minds to remember happy times and momentous occasions.  Sometimes when a person dies, a memorial service will be held to talk about that person and what they meant to their loved ones.  We celebrate Memorial Day to remember those who gave their lives in battle or service to our country, and there are countless days to remember important dates in history.

The truth is, it is often good to look back in remembrance.  And though we should not dwell in the past, remembering good times, important events or past victories can give us needed encouragement today.  And we can cultivate the same kind of memory making in our walk with God as we do with other people in our lives.  David had many moments in his life to look back on where he could see God’s hand upon his life.  He had been delivered from his enemies countless times.  He had his victory over Goliath as a young man.  He could remember Samuel’s visit and being anointed as king of Israel.  He could recall the refreshing flow of forgiveness into his life when he confessed his sins to God.

We, too, no doubt have countless memories to look back on where we can see God working in our lives.  We can think back to the moment we first came to Jesus.  We can remember times where God gave us a victory or a special blessing.  We can recall intimate moments with our Father where He’s just touched our heart with His amazing love.  Perhaps we’ve even been delivered in a miraculous way from some danger or illness or injury.  Let’s think back on these things and allow them to show us how wonderful our God is.  Let’s meditate, like David did, on the workings of God in our lives.  Let’s remember those days of old where we saw God work in unmistakable ways, where His glory was revealed to us.

And by simply meditating on God’s goodness, it spurs us to lift our hands in praise to our Father, to Almighty God, who deserves every ounce of praise we can offer.  It opens up in our hearts an intense longing for God, like a desert dying for rain.  The very soul within us just thirsts for more of God in our lives.  And we reach for Him because we know the difference He can make in our lives.  In good times and bad, let’s be sure to hold fast to memories of how God has worked before.  Remembering those times will give us the assurance that God can work in similar ways in our present circumstances and in whatever we may face in the future.

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