Summary: Remembering God empowers, transforms, and liberates us.
Life is unfair, Life is hard, and Life is challenging. At the same time satan works to discourage us, defeat us, and destroy us.
What are we to do? REMEMBER GOD!
Ps 121 NIV
1 A song of ascents. I lift up my eyes to the hills — where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip — he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord watches over you — the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all harm — he will watch over your life;
8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.
Emotion verses Faith
At times we don’t feel very spiritual, we can even feel all alone. At times like this our assurance is not based upon pleasant circumstances, it’s based upon our faith in our Lord and savior, Jesus the Christ.
At times like these, we need to remember how God takes care of us:
Remember God’s steadfast love
Remember God’s passion for you.
Remember God’s tender mercy
Remember God is the giver and the sustainer of all of life.
Remember God for who God is and was; what God did for us
Remember the Character of God
When David saw the worst life had to dish out for him, he could still remember the perfection and faithfulness of God:
“In You, O LORD, I put my trust; let me never be put to shame. Deliver me in Your righteousness, and cause me to escape; incline Your ear to me, and save me. Be my strong habitation, to which I may resort continually; You have given the commandment to save me, for You are my rock and my fortress” (Psalm 71:1–3).
Whenever we face trials, we need to remember who God is. Sometimes we get so focused on our trials we forget to focus on Him.
Remember God with a Song of Thanksgiving
David writes, “I will sing to the LORD, because He has dealt bountifully with me” (Psalm 13:6).
If you want to stay healthy as a Christian, you need to go back and remember what God has done for you in the past.
You need to polish the monuments to the great victories in your life. That’s among the wonderful reasons for keeping a journal. David consults the journal in his mind of his dealings with his Lord, and he realizes, “God has dealt bountifully with me.”
Remember God with praise
Praise, offered in the face of adversity, makes no sense by any worldly calculation.
When we begin to praise God, not in response to prosperity, but in defiance of misfortune, we align ourselves with God.
God inhabits the praises of his people.
Ps 22:3 KJV
3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
Paul and Silas praised God
We find ourselves in deserts or dungeons. Our friends would give us all kinds of advice, but the last thing they might counsel us to do would be to praise God.
When Job lay suffering with every earthly pleasure stripped away, his wife advised him to “curse God and die.” He still praised God.
Remember God with Song