Like many of the psalmists we all have wrestled with the thought that God has forgotten us.
“If God cared He would do something.”
“Can’t you see what I am facing?”
“If something doesn’t happen, I’m going under.”
In Psalm 77, the writer asks:
“7Will the Lord reject forever? Will he never show his favor again? 8Has his unfailing love vanished forever? Has his promise failed for all time? 9Has God forgotten to be merciful? Has he in anger withheld his compassion?”
Many times throughout the book of Psalms the writers question God’s awareness of their distress or situation. It’s human nature, sinful nature, to consider that God is unconcerned about our present condition and future consequences.
God is never absent or far away, despite what we believe.
The writer goes on to recall the faithfulness of God in times past. This is helpful for followers of Christ because we too have a history with God. Because of this, a question can be raised that must be honestly answered: Based on the past, who is more forgetful, me or God?
The next time you forget that God never forgets remind yourself of the same truths that the psalmist recalled:
1. REMEMBER WHERE/WHAT GOD BROUGHT YOU FROM
In verse 10 the psalmist confronts his questioning by remembering the delivering power of God:
“Then I thought, “To this I will appeal: the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand.”
I never want to forget how God has changed my life. Even though now after fourteen years of serving the Lord some of those things that held me captive in times past are very distant, I am determined to recall Gods deliverance from insecurities, addictions, and hopelessness.
Like the lyrics to a song reads:
“When I think about the Lord
How He saved, how He raised me
How He filled me with the Holy Ghost
How He healed me to the uttermost
When I think about the Lord
How he picked me up
Turned me around
How He set my feet on solid ground”
Being reminded of God’s love inspires gratitude and praise which is key to pressing through a trying time or personal conflict.
2. REMEMBER WHAT GOD HAS DONE
Next, the writer begins to recall all of the great works and miracle the Lord has done throughout His life:
“I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. 12I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.”
It is encouraging to know that God doesn’t change. This means we can take comfort in knowing that if God did great wonders on our behalf in the past he will still do great things on our behalf in the present. He even knows our future!
Tough times will inevitably come to our life; it’s a fact of life even as Christians, maybe more accurately, especially because of faith. In the midst of these times we have a choice: Forget the faithfulness of God or remember that He never forgets us.
He is here for you.
What trials has God delivered you from?