Summary: God has blessed us. Don’t make the mistake of forgetting that truth.
DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER
ILL-A husband was in big trouble for forgetting his wife’s birthday. His wife told him "Tomorrow there better be something in the driveway for me that goes from 0 to 200 in 2 seconds flat"
The next morning the wife found a small package in the driveway. She opened it to find a brand new set of scales.
The husband’s funeral has been set for Saturday.
Have you ever forgotten something? Birthday’s, anniversaries, or an important appointment? It’s so easy to forget. It happened often to God’s people. In the book of Judges there is a cycle that is repeated many times. Forgetting God; calamity; remembering God; deliverance; & forgetting God again.
The psalmist describes for us what happened to the Children of Israel & the sin they committed in forgetting God. But before we are too hard on them we should take careful examination of our own lives as well. Have we ever been guilty of forgetting what God has done for us? Usually we forget God after a tremendous blessing. Do you want to know when we forget God the most? After great spiritual blessings. After revival. During revival- prayer support is up; giving is increased, participation is at an all time high; the singing is superb; we’re all praying around the altar; we’re on time... It’s easy to remember God when things are going good. But will we forget God?
I. Don’t Forget to Remember God’s POWER. Vs. 7
A. Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt.
They saw what God did for them in Egypt; they saw the miraculous plagues. These were not only for the destruction of their enemies, & for their deliverance from them; but that they were proofs of the power of God, & of His being the one only & true God, in opposition to the idols of the Egyptians; & that He only ought to worshipped, & trusted in.
B. They remembered not the multitude of thy mercies.
The sin of not understanding leads on to the sin of the memory. What is not understood will soon be forgotten. Men feel little interest in preserving husks; if they know nothing of the inner kernel.
C. But provoked Him at the sea, even; at the Red sea.
Israel is hardly out of Egypt, & yet she begins to provoke the Lord by doubting His power to deliver. They provoked him by their language to Moses; Ex. 14:11, ...because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness?
APPLICATION: Many Christians go through this same pattern. They are freed from the bondage of Egypt; (Salvation) & they expect everything to be perfect in their lives but we all have a cross to bear & we all come up against a “Red Sea.” Being freed from sin does not guarantee a life of ease. Heartaches come; troubles come; tough times come. But God had a plan in all that the Children of Israel faced. & in all of our difficulties, there’s a plan for us as well… Don’t forget to remember His power to see you through your problems.
Remember that He has delivered you. Ps 40:2, He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, & set my feet upon a rock, & established my goings.