Remembering

Tim Brown

READ : Psalm 114

When Israel went out from Egypt . . . (v. 1)

Psalm 114, in reminding Israel of God’s saving work during the exodus, provides us with a spiritual practice for our own lives.

When the people of God gathered around the Passover table they remembered how the “sea looked and fled” in obedience to Moses’ raised staff. They recalled how the “Jordan turned back” as Joshua led God’s people into the Promised Land on dry ground. And they reveled in the recollection of the “mountains skipping like rams and the hills like lambs” as Moses received the Law from the outstretched hand of God. All things worth remembering, wouldn’t you say?

And that is precisely what this Psalm does; it provides a script for Israel’s remembering and a prompt for us to do the same. We have been chosen, called, justified; and one day we will be glorified.

So the next time you are worshiping the living God, whether in a quiet corner of your own home or in a public gathering of the faithful, spend a few moments remembering what great things the Lord has done for you. Remember how, through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, he has brought us, singly and together, through our wilderness wanderings past, so that we can have confidence and hope in a Promised Land future.

PRAYER

Give us grace to recall your kindness past, O God!