The Ministry of Remembrance
Psalm 77:11 I will call to mind the deeds of the Lord;
I will remember your wonders of old.
12 I will meditate on all your work,
and muse on your mighty deeds.
This is a Psalm of prayer where God’s people cry out to him. In the midst of difficulty and trouble we cry out to God. There is a pattern to the prayer which begins by calling upon God. Then it goes into an affirmation of God’s work in the individual’s personal life and moves on to a remembrance of God’s powerful deeds. Eventually the Psalmist lists details related to the Exodus from Egypt.
There are times when we get in a funk and we struggle with what we are facing. This Psalm serves as a reminder about the ministry of remembrance. When in the midst of trouble, it may be helpful to remember the things that God has done for us in the past. Think on them, pray over them and thank God for all he has done.
It’s too easy to get tunnel vision and only see what lies directly in front of us. It may appear to be terribly dark and then we begin to remember. As we “call to mind the deeds of the Lord” then we discover the ministry of these memories. God uses them to touch the deepest recesses of our soul and breathe life into a dark time. God has been with us. God is with us. God will be with us!
Maybe we need to “call to mind the deeds of the Lord” today and let those memories minister to us.
Lord, thank you for all the things you have done for us. Amen.