Thursday, 5 August 2010

Forgetting & Remembering

Forgetting & Remembering

Scripture has many injunctions about remembering. The people of Israel were constantly reminded by prophet and psalmist to recall their history and in particular the mighty deliverance of their release from slavery in Egypt and their eventful journey to the Promised Land. A lament of Jeremiah was that Israel had forgotten their God and that was the root of their troubles. The Psalmist exhorts us to bless the Lord and to forget not all His benefits. (Ps 103:2)

At my age, only two & a half years from ninety, there is much to remember, and one of the blessings I count is the encouragement that comes from reflecting on various manifestations of the grace of God experienced along the pilgrim way. I had a powerful experience of this a few days ago as I began my day by reading Psalm 71. Here are some passages from that Psalm which gripped my spirit;

“Thou O Lord art my hope, my trust from my youth. Upon thee have I leaned from my birth; Thou art he who took me from my mother’s womb. My praise is continually of Thee.”
“I will hope continually and will praise Thee yet more and more. My mouth will tell of Thy righteous acts, of Thy deeds of salvation all the day, for their number is past my knowledge.”
“O God, from my youth Thou hast taught me and I still proclaim Thy wondrous deeds. So even to old age and grey hairs, O God do not forsake me till I proclaim Thy might to all the generations to come.”

As I meditated on these things a veritable flood of memories crowded into my mind from my earliest days right up to the present, and I found myself overwhelmed by a fresh awareness of the love grace mercy and goodness of my Father. Thankfulness and joy overflowed my heart and praise filled my mouth. Blessed remembering!