The Psalms show us how to think and how to worship God. They are very helpful guides in how we should respond to difficulty, how we can stir our hearts to praise and worship, and generally how to think in a way that glorifies God. Here in Psalm 105, we learn another type of thinking that every Christian should practice – remembering.
The writer remembers and reflects specifically on God’s faithfulness to keep His covenant to Abraham and his descendants from the time the covenant was given all the way until they came into the Promised land (v.8-45). God protected them as a people and as a nation. He provided for them in Egypt. He made them great through suffering. He led them out with great power. He brought them in to Canaan and gave them a wonderful land.
At the end of remembering all that the Lord did, the writer exclaims, ‘Praise ye the Lord!’ (v.45) Remembering what the Lord has done causes us to give thanks, to call upon His name for present help, to talk to others of what He has done, to sing to Him, to glory in His name and to keep seeking the Lord and His strength (v.1-4).
So, how do we remember?
- First and foremost, we read Scripture for inspired accounts of all that God has done already in history, in the lives of other believers, and ultimately through Christ.
- We reflect on how God has been good to us and even document God’s faithfulness.
- We stop to give God praise often for daily blessings and eternal riches in Christ.
- And we assemble with other believers for teaching and encouragement where we are stirred up to remember the Lord’s goodness and the Lord’s truth.
2 Peter 3:1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
2 Peter 1:13 Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance;
2 Timothy 1:6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.