Read Psalm 77
Focus on verse 11-12
There are times when reminiscing can be distracting, and there are times when it can be encouraging. Memories are experiences that our mind has recorded in the past, and that we can usually recall and to a very limited extend re-experience within our mind. Apparently a healthy functioning human brain records every experience and thought throughout one’s lifetime. It would seem there are also cases where the brain blocks out memories, particularly if they are extremely painful experiences. Thankfully, we seem to have a tendency to remember positive experiences and repress negative ones.
In today’s reading, the psalmist recalls the wondrous miracles that God performed when He led the people of Israel out of Egypt across the desert and to the land of Canaan. It seems he is recalling these memories in order to encourage himself and those reading who feel that the Lord has abandoned them. There were a number of times subsequent to Israel’s exodus from Egypt were God allowed them to be plundered by their enemies because they had chosen to rebel against Him. I suspect this psalm may have been written at a point such as that.
When we find ourselves in dire straights, or under the discipline of the Lord due to our own disobedience, it can be helpful to remember more pleasant times in order to motivate us to persevere until things improve again. If there is one thing that history teaches us it is that nothing lasts forever. Therefore, whether we find ourselves in the midst of very good times when we enjoy the blessing of God or whether we are in the midst of some extreme hardship, it is wise and helpful to remember that this too will pass in time because everything in this physical world will at some point come to an end.
The day will come when we step into eternity, which will last forever. The important thing in that case is that we find ourselves on the right side of forever when we get there. The only way I know of being certain of that is to establish a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ now. We do this by choosing to believe that He died on the cross and rose from the dead to pay the penalty for our sin and that in doing so purchased a place in heaven for us, which He offers to us as a free gift. It really is that simple, it really is the truth, but you do really have choose to believe it for it to make a difference. The bonus is – it actually makes life here and now make more sense as well.