Active Remembering

Michael Wilcock

READ : Psalm 119:49-56

Remember. (vv. 49, 52, 55 NIV)

“You didn’t remember our anniversary,” says your wife accusingly. She would not be pleased if you were to respond, “Oh yes, I remembered it, but I didn’t do anything about it.”

The kind of remembering that “does something about it” is the theme of this section. First, it is what we ask God to do: “Remember your word to your servant” (v. 49). We remind him of the word that has so blessed us in the past, because we believe it can and will bless us again today.

Then we too must do it. If we expect active remembrance from God, he has the right to expect the same from us. Twice the psalmist promises it. Like him, we should be constantly remembering God’s ancient laws (v. 52) and God’s name (v. 55). That is, as well as reminding the Lord we must practice reminding ourselves of the kind of God he has shown himself to be, and the kind of way he has worked in the past. Count your blessings, says the old hymn, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done; and he is both willing and able to go on doing it. The more we remember, of course, the less surprised we shall be, but the more appreciative and confident!


Lord, remember me, and help me to remember you.