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The God Who Remembers

Day 11

Today's Reading: Psalm 74

O God, why do you cast us off forever? Why does your anger smoke against the sheep of your pasture? Remember your congregation, which you have purchased of old, which you have redeemed to be the tribe of your heritage! Remember Mount Zion, where you have dwelt. Direct your steps to the perpetual ruins; the enemy has destroyed everything in the sanctuary! (Psalm 74:1-3)

This is a powerful, heartfelt prayer born from a painful, hurting situation. God’s people are crying out for Him to remember them. Maybe you can relate to this feeling of abandonment. Have you ever felt forgotten by God? If so, what did your prayer sound like?

When you stop and consider the words of Psalm 74:1-3, they sound a little bold. To essentially say to the omniscient God of the universe, “Do you even remember us?” is quite surprising. However, the issue is not whether God has literally forgotten His people. Rather, this is God’s people calling on God to be faithful to the promises He has made. That’s what the term “remember” means.

As God’s people, we know that God is faithful and that He will keep His promises. When we pray, we are bringing those promises before God and asking Him to show Himself faithful in a particular way. This kind of prayer is pleasing to God, and it’s found throughout the Old Testament. For example, in Exodus 2, when God’s people were slaves in Egypt, they cried out to God for rescue and it says that God “remembered”:

“And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. God saw the people of Israel—and God knew.” (Exodus 2:24-25)

God had not forgotten His covenant promises made through Abraham. No, this is a reminder that God does not forget His people, that He will be faithful to His promises. We’re reminded of what Mary said when she learned that God would send the promised King in David’s line through her:

“He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever.” (Luke 1:54-55)

God’s people are right to call on Him to keep His promises, for He is faithful. How much more should we pray this way today, since we have seen God’s promised redemption fulfilled through the death and resurrection of Christ. Regardless of how abandoned we feel, we can be confident that God will never forget us.

PRAYING IN LIGHT OF TODAY’S PASSAGE

Pray on behalf of the persecuted church across the world, that they would rely on God’s promises when they feel forgotten and abandoned.

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