REMEMBERING HIM AND HIS GOODNESS IS ESSENTIAL
- PERSPECTIVE MATTERS
11 I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. 12 I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds. 13 Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God? 14 You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your might among the peoples.
- In the Bible it seems like God is continually trying to point the eyes of His people toward Him and His ways. Not because he has an ego to take care of, but because it serves their well being. When we place our eyes on His greatness and goodness, then our priorities begin to align with His priorities, by the work of the Spirit in our lives. Some examples of this are Joshua 24 & Nehemiah 9,10. After taking the time to remember the Lord moving in their midst over time, they repented and then committed their ways back to Him.
- Men’s hearts were always meant to be gripped by the goodness of God. When we remember His goodness, then our lives are stripped of complaint/self-seeking, and we die in order for His agenda to live through us. We desire to serve His purposes above our own.
Joshua 24:14-16 (ESV)
14 “Now therefore fear the LORD and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. 15 And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” 16 Then the people answered, “Far be it from us that we should forsake the LORD to serve other gods,
Nehemiah 9:38 (ESV)
“Because of all this we make a firm covenant in writing; on the sealed document are the names of our princes, our Levites, and our priests.
- Prayer is such a gift to us, so that we might remember who He is, gain right perspective and be encouraged by His Spirit to pursue a pure and holy life in light of that.
- Remembering God’s grace and salvation helps us to see God’s commands through eyes of understanding and love, instead of rebellion. God constantly sought to encourage Israel in this way, that they might obey and know Him.
Then Moses said to the people, “Remember this day in which you came out from Egypt, out of the house of slavery, for by a strong hand the LORD brought you out from this place.”
“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. (Thou shall not…)”
37 The LORD said to Moses, 38 “Speak to the people of Israel, and tell them to make tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations…39 And it shall be a tassel for you to look at and remember all the commandments of the LORD, to do them, not to follow after your own heart and your own eyes, which you are inclined to whore after. 40 So you shall remember and do all my commandments, and be holy to your God. 41 I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt to be your God: I am the LORD your God.”
You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the LORD your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day.
You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God redeemed you; therefore I command you this today.
- Many of the Davidic Psalms are great examples of what remembrance looks like in real life situations and how it can set the tone for how we live.
1 A Psalm of David. Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have given me relief when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer! 2 O men, how long shall my honor be turned into shame? How long will you love vain words and seek after lies?…7 You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound. 8 In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.
1 To the choirmaster. Of David. In the LORD I take refuge; how can you say to my soul, “Flee like a bird to your mountain, 2 for behold, the wicked bend the bow; they have fitted their arrow to the string to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart; 3 if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” 4 The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD’s throne is in heaven; his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man…7 For the LORD is righteous; he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face.
9 Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; my eye is wasted from grief; my soul and my body also. 10 For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my iniquity, and my bones waste away…19 Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind! 20 In the cover of your presence you hide them from the plots of men; you store them in your shelter from the strife of tongues. 21 Blessed be the LORD, for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me when I was in a besieged city.