I have been blessed with a great memory, but one thing I struggle with is remembering people’s names. I don’t know if you can relate. The frustrating thing about it to me is that I can remember everything else about the person, how I know them, where we met, what we talked about, even in some instances what they were wearing; but for the life of me I can’t seem to remember their name.
Sometimes we can have this same trouble remembering when it comes to God. We seem to remember the things we are suppose to forget and forget the things we are suppose to remember. I heard Pastor Steven Furtick say these things in his recent message called “The Divine Reminder” in the series entitled “Ghost Stories.” He said “Instead of remembering our burdens, we need to be reminded of our blessings.” He went on to say “Instead of remembering our sin that was nailed to the cross, we need to focus on the sacrifice that was made by the person who died on the cross.”
I believe if we could remind ourselves of this truth and remember the sacrifice that was made for us, we would forget about our burdens and remember all of our blessings.
So how do we forget what we are suppose to forget and remember what we are suppose to remember? Well I think David gives us some helpful steps when he writes these words in Psalm 119:
“I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Praise be to you, Lord; teach me your decrees. With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth. I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on your precepts
and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.” (Psalm 119:10-16 NIV)
1) I seek.
The first thing David says he does is that he seeks with all he’s got. Now the act of seeking implies that you have lost something and you are earnestly and desperately trying to find it. You originally had it in your possession but for some reason or another you have misplaced it. So you go looking for it. What is it in your life that you had but you have now seemed to have lost it? Maybe it’s that first love. Maybe it’s the passion you had when you first met Jesus. Maybe it’s that desire you had to change that injustice that you see in the world today. Whatever it maybe. Seek after it with all that you got. Don’t give up until you find it.
2) I have hidden.
When you hide something it’s to protect that particular thing from others trying to steal it or take it from you. You most likely put it in a place where only you can find it. An area in where only you would know to look. One of the reasons I believe we seem to forget the blessings of God in our lives is that we don’t hide them in our heart and leave them out in the open so that the enemy can come and steal them away with his lies and condemnation. What is it that you need to keep hidden? Put it in a safe place where, when you need to be reminded of the goodness of God, you can find it.
3) I recount.
Have you ever heard of the saying “measure twice, cut once”? This is a phrase that most people in construction have to help remind them whenever they have to make a particular cut to always go back and check your measurements in order that you don’t mess up the cut, waste the material, and have to go back and do it all over again. Before you start making cuts in your life; go back and measure again how deep, how high, how long, and how wide God’s love is for you. Go back and recount the many blessings that He has poured out on you. Because believe me if you keep going back to recount all that God has done in your life, you won’t have time to remember all the mistakes you have made in your past.
4) I rejoice.
Paul writes in Philippians 4 “Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice.” (See Philippians 4:4) Never miss an opportunity to be joyful. Cherish the little things in life. Always be first to find the joy in every situation instead of digging around for the junk. And when you come across times in your life were there seems to be no joy, go back to a time and place where there was and rejoice in that.
5) I meditate.
Paul goes on to write in the same chapter of Philippians only a few verses later “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (See Philippians 4:8) Paul knew the tendency that we have as human beings to remember what we are suppose to forget and forget what we are suppose to remember, so he instructs us to think (to meditate) on the things that we are to remember. What are you constantly thinking about? Are you continually thinking about your burdens and not about you blessings?
6) I delight.
Where do you find yourself taking the most pleasure in? Are you finding your delight in what God says, like David, or are you finding it in what others say? If you are trying to find your delight in your house, in your car, in your bank account, in your career then you will never be satisfied, but if you find your delight in God then you will never find yourself searching for satisfaction again.
My hope and prayer is that you are reminded of the truth that you are a child of God. That you are priceless. That you are complete. That you are His workmanship. That you are blessed. That you were created on purpose, with a purpose, for a purpose. And most importantly that you are loved.