“Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope.”
Here we have an example of the Psalmist aligning himself with God’s own words in the midst of troublesome times. He calls to remembrance a promise made, and reminds God that He has encouraged him and given him hope by it. The Psalmist’s trust in God’s faithfulness has given him reasonable expectations that God will indeed keep His word. You will be treated no different than the Psalmist because God is no respecter of persons.
A Book of Remembrance
We’re told of such a book in Malachi 3:16 “Then those who feared the LORD talked with each other, and the LORD listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the LORD and honored his name.”
Why not write your own book of remembrance in the Presence of The Lord? Record the breakthroughs and the words and promises He has given you. This has been a time honored practice by God’s people throughout history. Aside from David; Moses, Solomon, and Jehoshaphat were people who reminded God of His words and promises when they prayed.
Consider what Moses said to the Lord;“You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, ‘I know you by name and you have found favor with me. If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people” (Exodus 33:12-13)You too can plead the promises before God in prayer, reminding Him of the words He has spoken to you.
God is mindful of everything He has ever said said to you. “He remembers his covenant forever, the promise he made, for a thousand generations” (1 Chronicles 16:15).“He remembered us in our low estateHis love endures forever” (Psalm 136:23). He’s recorded every tear that has fallen from your eyes: “Record my misery; list my tears on your scroll—are they not in your record?“ (Psalm 56:8). He once told Hezekiah “I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you” (2 Kings 20:5). God is absolutely faithful and will never go back on any word He has spoken, How could He? Hasn’t God told Jeremiah; “…I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled” (Jeremiah 1:12)? He actually invites you to remind Him of His promises. He encourages you to recall what He’s said and done for you, knowing it will give you hope and strengthen your faith.
God’s Word is forever settled in the heavens and He will not go back on a single promise. His plans and purposes are settled, and He has no need to recalculate or rethink any of them. If God has promised you anything He intends to fulfill it you can bank on it. You may forget a promise but not God.
Remember What God Has Done
Search the Scriptures and you will come across many instances where God reminded people of promises He had made to them when they were in difficult times, assuring them that He had not forgotten His promises. He invites you to recall all He’s done and continues to do: “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits” (Psalm 103:2).
So write your own book of remembrances. Call to mind the promises God has made to you.“I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago” (Psalm 77:11). Read whatever you record in that book when you’re going through difficult times. Go to God in prayer and remind Him of His words and promises to you, place your trust in His faithfulness, let His promises give you hope for the future, and Be Encouraged! -JSP