Tuesday, December 31st, 2013
Goodbye Year! (Part 3, Conclusion)
What To Remember
Remember His holy Covenant.
Luke 1:72 (NKJV)
And they remembered His Words.
Luke 24:8 (NKJV)
Oh, give thanks to the Lord!
Call upon His Name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples!
Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him;
Talk of all His wondrous works!...
Remember His marvelous works which He has done,
His wonders, and the judgments of His Mouth...
He is the Lord our God;
His Judgments are in all the earth.
Remember His Covenant forever,
The Word which He commanded, for a thousand generations.
Psalm 105:1-2,5,7-8 (NKJV)
The word 'remember' appears 230 times in the Bible--not counting memory, memorial and warnings about forgetfulness. We serve a God Who forgets nothing--unless it is our sins by His merciful choice.
However, God is extremely clear: we must not forget Him, His Words or His works. Why? Because They govern, guide, protect and inspire us. Because Satan tempts us to forget and follow the broad path. But if we do, we become like the herd of demon-possessed pigs--running blindly over a cliff.
What should you choose to remember from this passing year and the years preceding it?
1) Remember God: 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength' (Mark 12:30). Don't give your heart, soul, mind and strength to family, friends, fitness, fame, fun or fortune.
2) Remember Jesus: 'He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His Wounds we are healed' (Isaiah 53:5). He is the Gift never to be sidelined, footnoted or forgotten.
3) Remember the works of God: 'Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts, and I will declare Your greatness. They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness, and shall sing of Your righteousness. The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy' (Psalm 145:6-8).
4) Remember how He has blessed you, your family and friends. 'The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children's children, to such as keep His Covenant, and to those who remember His Commandments to do them' (Psalm 103:17-18).
5) Remember how He has delivered you from sadness and depression: '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' (Psalm 77:10-11).
God delivered then, now and always. Do not be deceived. Remember His work in your very own life. Remember your old tests and how they became testimonies. So will your current tests--because God doesn't change.
But to talk of His wondrous work in your life will not only change you, but anyone who hears about it from you. So, don't hide your old self. Instead, compare it to your new self--with joy and thanksgiving.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Goodbye Year! series.