Read Psalm 78:1-7

Several years ago, I began creating annual photo journals. It is fun to periodically look back and remember the events of each year. So many joys and blessings. I am sometimes baffled, though, by the number of meaningful occasions that I do not readily recall, and end up thinking, “Oh, yeah! I remember that!”

We, as Christians, are blessed by our Father with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3) and are equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:17). Jesus promised that He would be with us always, “to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20b). We have a personal advocate in the Holy Spirit (John 14:15-17). Why is it then that we find ourselves frustrated, anxious, stressed, discouraged or fearful in our daily lives? Simply put, we are prone to forget. As a consequence, we do not trust God as we ought. We neglect to consistently bring to mind and meditate on the “things (of God) that we have heard and known. . .” (Psalm 78:3a)

Asaph, the writer of Psalm 78, reminded the Israelites (and us!) of God’s command to tell of “the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done” (Psalm 78:4b). They were, from generation to generation, to share about the God who performed miracles in Egypt, the One who divided the sea and led the people through on dry land. Asaph reminded the Israelites how “He guided them with the cloud by day and with light from the fire all night” (Psalm 78:15) and how “He split the rocks in the wilderness and gave them waters as abundant as the seas” (Psalm 78:15). Remembering the awesome deeds of God caused the people to again put their trust in Him and keep His commands (Psalm 78:7).

We serve a God, who “is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). He continues to work wonders and miracles in each of our lives. As with a photo album, let us consistently look back and remember, recalling His faithfulness, as well as the joys and blessings that He has richly lavished on us.


For Personal Reflection: Reflect back on your past week, month and year. Where has God “shown up” in your life? Praise Him for the hope this brings you for your next week, month and year!

by Maureen Gibson

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