In high school, I fulfilled one of my history requirements by taking US military history. The class took us through each of the wars (and military conflicts) the United States had been in up to that point. I had a great teacher who walked us through the events that led up to the wars so we could understand the causes of the wars. He then taught us the military tactics used and showed us why they failed or succeeded. He taught us that it was important to remember the failures and successes so we would be more successful in the future. He pointed out when failed tactics were used over and over again because the person creating strategy forgot history and did something that would obviously fail. But then, he also pointed out some military strategies that were used successfully because someone also remembered history and knew what would work. I really enjoyed taking the class and learning history from that perspective. It made me understand all the more why it is good to learn history. This week, my emphasis while walking through the book of Psalms is to look at psalms that remind us of history and the things that God has done. The psalm I am looking at this morning reminds us that when things are not looking good, we can choose to remember God's deeds. Please use the link and read Psalm 77.
We are given a great book of history - the Bible. Both the Old and New Testaments give us such a rich history of God's works and we can know that they are more than just good stories to read. There is a greater purpose in the Bible than just reading a collection of stories; the Bible gives us a big picture of God's love and redemption. Becoming familiar with both the Old and New Testament is important because we can learn from other people's mistakes, and we can also learn what happens when people choose to believe God and trust in His promises. We learn more about God's character and we learn what is important to His heart. We learn that no matter how small we are in comparison to Him, He loves each of us as individuals and truly cares about us. We learn that when we call out to God, He hears us and protects, heals, and provides.
Asaph, the author of Psalm 77, was in a place of despair. We've all been there; we have all experienced what it is like to feel overwhelmed by the circumstances surrounding us. But, instead of wallowing in his despair, Asaph chose to focus on the good deeds God has done. Being familiar with who God is and His faithfulness is what gave Asaph hope for his circumstances. Remembering that God is the One to turn to and He is the One who is holy helps all of us to have a new perspective in whatever it is we are facing. Remembering that God has been faithful throughout all of history is what helps strengthen our faith. We can say, if He's done it before, He can do it again!
Do you choose to remember history? Do you choose to remember the good God has done?
This post is linked with Soli Deo Gloria.