This is another spiritual practice that I do not do frequently enough. Paul advises us in the Second Book of Corinthians to think about good things, “whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Philippians 4:8 English Standard Version). Part of this type of positive thinking is remembering the good things the Lord has done in our lives. King David makes this a part of his spiritual practice. David testifies “I will recount all your wonderful deeds.” (Psalm 9:1 ESV) and later in that same psalm, he pleads to the Lord to be gracious to him so “that I may recount all your praises..” (Psalm 9:13-14 ESV).
This remembering does not just include what the Lord has done individually in our lives but for his people as a body (going back to Israel). Certain psalms are types of songs of remembrance of corporate history such as Psalms 78, 105, 106, 114, 126, 135, 136, amongst others.
It is important that we recount these deeds, particularly to those who come after, as Psalm 78 speaks of wisdom received from the fathers of the people of Israel, “things we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation.” (Psalm 78:3-4). So too we as Christians are stewards of the wisdom of God and of the many blessings we as individuals and as the Church have received from him, which we are to share with the generations that come after us.
All of these things help to promote faith and trust in the Lord, as we can look back to see how he has proved his qualities of grace, mercy and love in our own lives and the Church as a whole. May this redound in thanksgiving to him and praise of his holy name.
“The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.” (Psalm 12:6 ESV).
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