Things to Remember – Part 1

The Scriptures tell us certain things should be forgotten.  Make sure to remember the rest.

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Psalm 118:24 – This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

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My friend, as I write to you today, I do so to stir in your memory those things that our Lord has set in us and before us that are worthy of remembrance.  This writing, and those following on this topic are in no way intended to be an exhaustive look at what we should remember, but prayerfully will stir you to take those that I share, and allow them to whet your spiritual taste to search for more.  The Word commands us to let the mind of Christ dwell in us.  With His mind indwelling us, if we yield to it, we will no doubt be reminded of needful remembrances.  But there is more we can do to ensure that work.  It is called “renewing of your mind.”

Today I begin with a very simple thought that we should remember every day of our lives.  It is our Text for Today.  Read it again several times.  It is likely that you already know it by memory.  Learn it by heart.  And you might also consider making this a part of the beginning of every day you live.  While we are commanded and expected to render to the Lord continual praise, this text does not make it a command.  Instead, it makes rejoicing and praising God an act of will that is dominated by the love of God.  The first statement is clear; “This is the day which the Lord hath made.”  But note closely the second statement; “We WILL rejoice and be glad in it.”  The second statement makes it very clear that this is an act of determined will.  And who would make such a determined statement, and consistently live that statement with action but someone who truly loves the Lord?

But in light of this being something to remember, think for just a moment about what is now two days past.  February 2, in the United States, is called Groundhog Day.  It is the day when, for the past 138 years, a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil is said to predict the next six weeks of general weather.  While I have no scientific data, or large group study, just from my own observations of people around me, news media, and social media, it seems more people remembered Groundhog Day than remembered that “This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”  Imagine the results of every member of the body of Christ truly celebrating every day as “the day which the LORD hath made.”  Just a thought.

Manna for Today – Psalm 118; Deuteronomy 8:18; Genesis 9:5; 1 Chronicles 16:12; Psalm 77:6-11; Proverbs 4:20-23; Isaiah 43:26; 1 Corinthians 11:24-25; Philippians 2:1-11; Romans 12:1-2