Read Psalm 76-77
In pop culture there have been many songs about remembering the past, about the memories of better days. One of the more popular songs was by Barbra Streisand called "Memory". Here's a portion of the lyrics: "Memory, all alone in the moonlight. I can dream of the old days. Life was beautiful then. I remember the time I knew what happiness was. Let the memory live again."
The song conveys the yearning to go back to better days. The psalmist, Asaph, over the last few psalms, has looked back trying to remember all the Lord had done for the people of Israel. In Psalm 77:11 he wrote, "I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your wonders of old."
Specifically, the psalmist remembers God's deeds ("I... meditate on your deeds" v. 12) and he remembers God's character ("Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God?" v. 13). Really, in the collection of psalms by Asaph in this section of Psalms, he recounts a lot of ways that God has shown Himself to be holy- set apart and above all things. It was a form of encouragement to him.
What about us? How intentional are we to take time and remember all God has done in our lives? Do we take time to consistently dwell on God's character and find hope in it? Singing songs about God's character, doing a Bible word study on his attributes, and reading books about His character can help encourage us when life is difficult. Our memories matter. Take time and remember all God has done for. you.
What is one attribute of God you want to take time today and give thanks for? Go ahead and find a song about this attribute and sing it to God.
What deeds have you seen God do in your life this year? Take time to thank Him for it.
Prayer of the day: "Lord, you are holy. You are good. I am unworthy of your love, but in your mercy, you choose to love me anyways. I am so blessed to be your child. Thank you. In the name of Jesus, amen."