Remembering His Story

It just so happens that this week is a time of reflecting and evaluating my own walk with God. It is a good time to do so too, especially when all the events confluence together to make it a special time to do so. I will hope to elaborate more on this on Saturday. But as I was reflecting, I was reminded of Psalm 78:
My people, hear my teaching;
listen to the words of my mouth.
I will open my mouth with a parable;
I will utter hidden things, things from of old—
things we have heard and known,
things our ancestors have told us.
We will not hide them from their descendants;
we will tell the next generation
the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD,
his power, and the wonders he has done.
He decreed statutes for Jacob
and established the law in Israel,
which he commanded our ancestors
to teach their children,
so the next generation would know them,
even the children yet to be born,
and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God
and would not forget his deeds
but would keep his commands.
They would not be like their ancestors—
a stubborn and rebellious generation,
whose hearts were not loyal to God,
whose spirits were not faithful to him. - Psalm 78:1-8
I do believe that there is a reason for God to exhort His people to remember His deeds. This consistently happens throughout the OT when God or the protagonists set up markers to remember the things God has done for them. One incident that I can remember clearly comes from Joshua:
When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the LORD said to Joshua, “Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe, and tell them to take up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, from right where the priests are standing, and carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight.” 
So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, and said to them, “Go over before the ark of the LORD your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.” - Joshua 4:1-7
The act of reminding ourselves the deeds of God serves to... well... remind ourselves of His deeds in our lives. This may sound a bit 'duh' but I just thought to myself, how many times do we apply the 'Recency rule' in our lives and based our relationship with God on the current events of our lives, without thinking through what He has done before that? A lot of time, we may have lost track of our own walk in God because we have lost track of what He has done and the miraculous transformation of our rebellious heart into one that follows Him.

Even as we pray for Christmas, pray for harvest, pray for anything and everything, let's ask ourselves if we have really set up sufficient markers in our own journey with God where we can remind ourselves of His faithfulness and goodness in our lives? Do we look back and marvel at His majesty and wonders in turning our lives inside out since the day we were found? Our history is indeed His Story.


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