"Yesterday, Today, and Forever"
Our memory verse this weeks speaks to the vital point of choosing to recall our Lord and His involvement in our lives: "I will remember" (Psalm 77:11). Life in a fallen world offers countless distracting and deceiving influences that tempt us to forget God's doings yesterday as we deal with the challenges of today. We must therefore join the Psalmist in determining to remember - "I will."
This is one reason we prayerfully keep our hearts in the Scriptures. The record of our Heavenly Father's faithfulness revealed in the lives of Old and New Testament saints helps us to recall our own experiences of His trustworthiness. Moreover, the Bible's declaration of "Jesus Christ, the same yesterday and today and forever" assures us that if we have discovered our Savior to be faithful in days gone by, we can be sure of His fidelity in this day, and in all to come. "I have been with thee… I am with thee… I will be with thee" (I Chronicles 17:8; Isaiah 41:10; 43:2). This is the triune promise of our perfectly faithful triune Lord regarding yesterday, today, and forever.
Remembrance results in anticipation. "My expectation is from Him" flows with the current of "Thou hast been a shelter for me" (Psalm 62:5; 61:3). I often wish I had kept a daily journal during the forty four years of being a born again believer in the Lord Jesus. Innumerable expressions of God's gracious and involved faithfulness would fill the pages. Hopefully, they fill my heart, as they do yours. As the Psalmist taught us, we must choose to remember. Scripture does not refer to believers as sheep for no reason. We are easily forgetful, and sometimes act in the moment as if completely oblivious to our history of experiencing Divine trustworthiness. Our yesterdays greatly illuminate our todays and tomorrows if we will allow their light to remind us of the One who never forgets His commitment to our eternal well being…
"Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever."
Weekly Memory Verse
I will remember the works of the Lord. Surely I will remember Thy wonders of old.