"Don’t Forget to Remember"
There are some things we need to remember but, like others, we can forget. Let’s examine a few things we should remember.
Don’t Forget To Remember
A. How good is your memory? I am terrible with names. But I am better than the story I hear of a cattle rancher. One day a young man was visiting this cattle rancher when the rancher gave a whistle and his dog herded the cattle in the corral, then jumped up and latched the gate with his paw. The young man was amazed and asked what was the dog’s name? The rancher thought, then said, “What do you call that red flower that smells so good and thorns on the stem?” The young man said, “A rose?” “Yes!” He said, then yelled to his wife, “Hey Rose, what’s the dog’s name?”
B. I am a forgetful person. But there is a degree of truth in that the things we forget were not that important to us to begin with. Now, I don’t mean a name of someone, but of some activity that we were supposed to do, but just forgot.
C. Being spiritually forgetful has it consequences. Sin is a disease of forgetfulness. We forget the pain that our sin caused us, we forget the good that God has done for us, and we forget the goal that we have for eternity.
I. Forgetting to Remember
A. Psalm 106 opens with these words (vs. 1-3). What a great opening. God’s steadfast love endures forever. I am so thankful for that. There are people who when they are done with you, they are done. No matter what you say to try and apologize, they are done. I can understand that from a human perspective, but I am so thankful that God’s steadfast love endures forever.
B. I think about the terror attacks we faced on 9/11/2001 and have a shirt that says, “We will never forget.” Yet, we have days like Memorial Day to honor the fallen who served defending our country because we forget to remember. We know it is the right thing to do, but we choose a special date because so many people are so busy with life that stopping to reflect, to remember doesn’t happen.
II. Remember God’s Power
A. Are you glad God doesn’t forget to remember you? In this Psalm, we read how Israel forgot to remember God. Look at verses 6-8.
B. David doesn’t just point his finger at the past and say it was all them. David says, “both we and our fathers have sinned.” Their sin was forgetting to remember. Specifically, they forgot to remember God’s power. Look at verse 7. “They did not consider your wondrous works.” The NLT translates this, “Our ancestors in Egypt were not impressed by the Lord’s miraculous deeds.” The NIV says, “they gave no thought to your miracles.”
C. How often do we forget God’s power today? I know ancient Israel saw physically God’s power, but are we so far removed that we don’t see the power of God at work today? Do we pray believing and seeking God’s power to be at work today or do we believe science has so replaced God that we simply give him some lip service along the way?
D. How often has God brought you through the dark days of your life? How often has God lifted you up when your heart was broken in pieces either by circumstances beyond your control or sin that you chose to commit?
E. The Israelites forgot God’s power and did not remember God’s love. Ps 40:2, “He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.” God is good all the time. His love for me, his grace given to me, his power at work in me, is what guides my footsteps.
III. Remember God’s Provision
A. Now jump to verses 13-15. Think of the Exodus as the Psalmist does. They cross over the Red Sea, God destroys the army of the Egyptians, and within three days they are complaining because of thirst. I don’t doubt their thirst. I don’t doubt their hunger. What God did was to test them to see if they would depend upon him, and they failed the test. They would do the same with manna from heaven. But how different am I?
B. Jesus taught people to pray, “Give us this day…” what? Our daily bread. It is a reference back to how the Israelites were given bread each day and only for that day except on the sixth day when they could gather enough for the Sabbath. It is the idea that God provides what you as He sees fit. The truth for many is we want what we want when we want it and when God doesn’t give it to us we complain.
C. The problem with complainers is they are never satisfied. There will always be something to complain about. It can ruin marriages, relationships with friends, and it most definitely affects our oneness with God. When I complain about God’s lack of provisions for me, I lift me up higher than where God has placed me. I am not satisfied and want more.
IV. Remember Who God Is
A. The last mention of forgetfulness is found in verses 19-23. You may be very familiar with this story. While Moses is up on the mountain with God getting the tablets of the covenant, the people with Aaron are down below making a golden calf.
B. How often do I make money, power, desires of the flesh, relationships with people, work or other things my golden calf? The calling is to remember who God is. Instead the people of Israel treated God as someone who comes and goes in their life. But we are in a covenant relationship with God. We are married to him and are the bride of Christ. God is not someone who we visit on weekends, He is our God, our partner in life, our strength and shield. He is the one whom I give myself over to and trust in.
A. I want to end with verses 44-46. Even though they forgot, God remembered them. I am so thankful that God does not treat me the way I treat him. I am thankful God remembers me, calls me, and draws me to him. I am thankful God does not leave me or forsake me. God remembers you, do you remember him? If you need to come to God today, come as we stand and sing.