Read Psalm 77:1-15
Key Verses: “And I said, ‘This is my anguish; but I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High.’ I will remember the works of the LORD; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old” (Verses 10-11).
God’s deeds or works are not to be taken lightly or forgotten; they are meant to be remembered and meditated upon. As we pointed out yesterday, God wanted Israel to always remember his mighty deeds and acts. The way God did this was to command them to celebrate and keep memorials of his mighty deeds. No less than four times did God give this command to Israel to keep memorials of his various works in their midst. The memorials were to serve as constant reminders.
After the Passover, God instituted the observance of the event in Israel. He asked Israel to ensure that they observed it annually and to explain it to their children why they observed the Passover (Ex.12:23-28). Again, in Exodus 13:11-16, he instituted the Law of the Firstborn, all the first born that opened the womb were to be set apart to God. Then, in Dt. 6:20-25, he commanded them to obey all the decrees and commandments he had given to them and pass on the same command of obedience to their children (Dt.6:20-25). Again, when the children of Israel were about to cross the river Jordan, the Lord told Joshua to ask the children of Israel to pick up stones from the river that were to serve as memorials that God cut off the river for Israel to cross over (Jos.4:4-9).
If memorials were not important to God he would not have told Israel to observe them. Why was God particular about keeping memorials? It was to serve as reminders to us of his love, his goodness and his faithfulness. It was also to inspire succeeding generations to seek God for a repeat of what he did in the past, in their own time. The Psalmist says, “And I said, ‘This is my anguish; but I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High.’ I will remember the works of the LORD; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old. I will also meditate on all Your work, and talk of Your deeds” (Verses: 10-13). The Psalmist recollects the years of the right hand of God. We need to do the same.
What do you remember about the acts of his mighty hand? What memories of God’s past mighty deeds in your life do you have? Reflect, there is a lot you can recollect!
PRAYER: Father, help my memory. Help me not to forget your mercies, faithfulness and mighty works in my life.