** The first post of this series : Treasure Upon Treasure
** The second post of this series : The Law of Love
** The third post of this series : Love Love Love
One last word as the Lord has me ruminating over the book of Deuteronomy…
Don’t you love how the Lord pulls together all of these different pieces of your life to teach you Himself, to show you this one big picture that He wants you to see, take in, and enjoy? It really does take my breath away sometimes.
Let me share with you some of the threads the Lord has been weaving together to teach me one big lesson.
So I have been listening almost ad nauseam to one of Jeremy Riddle’s CDs. I am guessing that he has more than one, but I have been listening to one and only one of his albums for the last few weeks. One of his songs talks about ‘reminding our souls’ of who the Lord is, of all that He has done, of how He has changed us, given us life. On and on he sings about the Lord’s goodness and he sings ‘I’ll sing out and remind my soul I am Yours, God I’m forever Yours.’
This past Sunday in the small group time of church, called life class at my church, we talked through Genesis 1:14-19, when the Lord created the sun, the moon, and the stars. I realized something I had never really thought about before. It was before the Fall, and it was a God-given creation to commemorate and celebrate certain days. The four different seasons and the passing of years is something that the Lord established for His glory. It’s no man-made invention, even if we do like to take credit. And we talked about in life class that the Lord does this so we can recall His character in certain seasons of our lives, so that we can experience His character, His mercy new every morning, so that we can see His faithfulness even throughout the night with the brightly shining stars, so that we can celebrate the special times in our lives.
And then this morning, three women from my morning bible study each shared their personal testimonies, the story about who they were before Christ, how the Lord brought each of them to Himself, and how they are new creations in the Lord. And it was so good for me to learn for the first time of their story as they remembered it and shared it with us.
If that wasn’t enough, the Lord says in the book of Deuteronomy, “Remember” “Remember” Remember.” He instructs the Israelites to remember that is it He who made them, who took them out of the land of Egypt – of slavery, bondage, and death – and gave them and brought them into the land flowing with milk and honey. He commands that as they enjoy the good land and the peaceful times and the freedom of the Promised Land that they would remember that it is the Lord who caused all of it, and for them!
With all of these threads of thought swirling around and with the Holy Spirit bringing it all together inside of my heart and out onto this well, sort of page, I think the Lord is teaching me this.
It is a sin to forget. He commands us to remember. And He died for us so that we would remember. So that we would worship. So that we could live – in freedom, in rest, in the ultimate promised land.
Now let me say just in case you are getting a little sad for no good reason – I am NOT talking about forgetting someone’s name, or a birthday, a telephone number, or even where you are supposed to be when. And I’m not even talking about forgetting more important things, like that the Lord created day and night before He created the sun, moon, and stars.
But I am talking about forgetting the most important things – like forgetting that it is the Lord who created the sun, moon, and stars, and because of that He is to be worshipped, and that He created us, that He loves us – when we forget who God is and all about His character and when we forget all that He has done, and has done for us, then we are sinning. We have forgotten.
And let’s just pause for a minute and say that forgetting may not be a sin – well, whatever it leads to is most certainly. Selfishness and pride, worry and anxiety. Those attitudes and all of the actions that can follow are certainly sins.
And let’s pause for just another minute and confess. Yep, I’ve forgotten. And yep, it’s taken me straight to sin.
So certainly remembering, a command with which the Lord frequently charges the Israelites, is a command we too need to take to heart.
We remember by – like the song by Jeremy Riddle, and the psalmist in the bible tells us – to TELL our soul to remember the Lord.
We remember by – like the Lord established for us from the beginning – to CELEBRATE special days and to ENJOY each new day.
We remember by – like the women did this morning in bible study – SHARING our stories and our lives with others.
We remember by – like Deuteronomy clearly states – LOVING the Lord with all of our hearts, minds, souls, and strengths, by simply REMEMBERING the Lord’s character and all the He is and all that He has done for us, by INSTRUCTING our sons, and our son’s sons to follow the Lord, by RETELLING the biblical story.
You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the LORD your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day.
(Deuteronomy 5:15 ESV)
You shall remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
(Deuteronomy 8:18 ESV)
You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God redeemed you; therefore I command you this today.
(Deuteronomy 15:15 ESV)
but you shall remember that you were a slave in Egypt and the LORD your God redeemed you from there; therefore I command you to do this.
(Deuteronomy 24:18 ESV)
I will remember the deeds of the LORD;
yes, I will remember your wonders of old.
I will ponder all your work,
and meditate on your mighty deeds.
Your way, O God, is holy.
What god is great like our God?
You are the God who works wonders;
you have made known your might among the peoples.
You with your arm redeemed your people,
the children of Jacob and Joseph. Selah
(Psalm 77:11-15 ESV)
PS The song by Jeremy Riddle is “Love Came Down” on his “Furious” album…