In Latin, “remember” means “to call to mind” or to “be mind-full” of something.
How much time do you spend calling to mind the mighty deeds of the Lord?
If you aren’t in the practice of regularly, actively bringing to mind the faithfulness of God, his mighty works both throughout all history and in your own life, then do not be surprised when your faith is shipwrecked.
This continual act of REMEMBERING is the only thing that rescues us from the spiral of doubt. How many times did the Israelites go wayward so quickly, even when God performed mighty acts before their very eyes? Because they forgot, forgot forgot, they did not remember, remember, remember.
Scripture records for us David’s spiraling doubt in God, when he testifies that his soul REFUSES to be comforted. What saves him from the spiral every time?
“I cry aloud to God,
aloud to God, and he will hear me.
In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord;
in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying;
my soul refuses to be comforted.
When I remember God, I moan;
when I meditate, my spirit faints. Selah
You hold my eyelids open;
I am so troubled that I cannot speak.
I consider the days of old,
the years long ago.
I said, “Let me remember my song in the night;
let me meditate in my heart.”
Then my spirit made a diligent search:
“Will the Lord spurn forever,
and never again be favorable?
Has his steadfast love forever ceased?
Are his promises at an end for all time?
Has God forgotten to be gracious?
Has he in anger shut up his compassion?” Selah
Then I said, “I will appeal to this,
to the years of the right hand of the Most High.”
I will REMEMBER the deeds of the Lord;
yes, I will remember your wonders of old.
I will ponder all your work,
and meditate on your mighty deeds.”
David was a man after God’s own heart. The Bible says David did not turn aside from the commandments of God all the days of his life except in the matter of Uriah. Why? By the grace of God, David was a master at remembering the mighty deeds of the Lord. In creation. In miracles. In the salvation of Israel. In the mercy he receives in his own life.
Once David has emerged from doubt he was able to ask the Lord to supply his needs in FAITH. Because he preached the gospel to himself. Faith comes by “hearing” and “listening”. As Christians we still need the gospel we still need to remember what we have heard and not neglect to call it to mind. Otherwise we will not have faith. And without faith it is impossible to please God. Without faith, we will not receive ANYTHING from God.
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask IN FAITH, with NO doubting, for the one who DOUBTS is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.FOR THAT PERSON MUST NOT SUPPOSE THAT HE WILL RECEIVE ANYTHING FROM THE LORD; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”