I forget a lot these days.
I walk into a room and circle fruitlessly as I try to remember why I entered.
I see an old acquaintance, and I have to go through the entire Rolodex (that dates me) in my head to try and pull out the name.
I make lists to organize my maneuvering, and I lose my lists.
Forgetting is my new talent.
Psalm 77, though, talks about remembering. The psalmist communicates things that are remembered – important things.
When there was trouble, he remembered God (verse 3). The psalmist remembered God’s law and he was troubled. His spirit was overwhelmed.
I feel that way sometimes. When I think of my own sinfulness, I am overwhelmed by the magnitude of what it took for God to save me. I remember Him, and I am so thankful.
But that is not all the psalmist remembered. In verse six, he remembered his song in the night. You know who gives songs in the night – those times of hope and joy in the middle of trial and trouble? According to Job 35:10, God does.
God is my song leader and the One Who sings to my heart. I can remember God’s song for me, even when the music of the world shouts despair.
The psalmist also remembered the times of God’s blessing (verse 10). When the world seems to be falling apart, remembrances of God’s steadfast love and care are important. Sometimes I need to just sit and think about how God has kept me in the past to help me know He will keep me in the future.
Finally, the psalmist remembered the works of the Lord and His wonders of old (verse 11). God had led Israel through the sea and through the wilderness. He had provided for their every need. He had cleared the way to the promised land. God had been faithful.
God has kept me through illness and hardship. He has cared for me during deep sorrow, and He has comforted my soul time and time again.
When I look around at the wonders of this Earth, I know that God is able. I see Him in the tiniest insect and in the giant elephant. I am awed by His creative goodness that is evidenced in the flowers and landscapes and creatures and stars and sunrises and …. He is a mighty God. When I struggle with discouragement, I need to remember. The God of angel armies is also the God Who cares for the lilies and the birds. He has assured me that He cares for me even more (Matthew 6:25-30).
There are two things in Psalm 77 that the psalmist does as a result of his remembering. Look at verse 12.
“I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.”
- The psalmist thinks about God’s work, and
- he talks about what God is doing.
That sounds so simple, but what we think about and talk about certainly impacts our well-being. I think the psalmist knew the key to maintaining an attitude of faith.
So, I may forget where I put my keys, and I may not be able to find my car in the parking lot, but there are some important things that I am going to remember.
- I will remember God.
- I will remember His times of blessing.
- I will remember His works.
- I will remember His wonders of old.
I think I will put those on my list for today.
John 16:4 But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you.
Jude 17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
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