I Will Remember

Author: Savannah Coleman — Host: Dylan KraayenbrinkPosted on: March 22, 2024

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I Will Remember

READ: PSALM 42; JOHN 14:25-27

I am prone to forgetting. I’m not talking about the usual things like my cell phone, car keys, or sunglasses—wait, they’re on my head. I’m referring to the more profound things. When I am downcast and my soul is disturbed, sometimes I forget to put my hope in God. Sometimes I forget to praise Him.

But, as it says in Psalm 42, God is worthy of my praise. He is my Savior, and my God. I forget that I need Him more than water to quench my thirst—I need Him for surviving and thriving. And I’m learning that remembrance is a choice, a practice.

When my soul is aching and tears keep falling, I can choose to grasp the one little word that is so powerful: yet. “I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God” (verses 5, 11). I will remember Him. I will remember His character, His goodness, and His faithfulness from the past.

There are days when it feels like He’s forgotten me, but here’s the reality: “By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me” (verse 8). As the deer knows it needs water to survive, my soul knows I need the living God (verses 1-2).

Yes, we are prone to forget, but Jesus promises to remind us of who He is. When we put our trust in Jesus, He gives us His Spirit to dwell inside of us, help us, and remind us of our Savior’s words (John 14:26). And so, by His grace I will remember my Rock (Psalm 42:9). I will remember to meet with my God, the source of my strength. In times of sorrow, I will remember the “yet.” I will remember to praise. I will remember His love for me, constant and unfailing. I will remember His songs in the night. I will remember He is my hope. • Savannah Coleman

• God knows we’re forgetful people. The Bible is full of people forgetting God’s care for them. From the Israelites crossing the Red Sea in victory to whining for food in the desert, from the courage Peter had to get out of the boat and walk on water with Jesus to the moment he noticed the waves (Exodus 14; 16; Matthew 14:22-33). Thankfully, God gives us His Word so we can look back on the ways He’s been faithful. What are some ways you could practice remembrance in your everyday life? Maybe you could write prayers in a journal and then highlight the ones God has answered, or display works of art in your space that remind you of God’s character, or choose or compose a song that helps you remember what God has done for you personally…

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. Psalm 42:11 (NIV)