Psalm 137:1 “By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion.”
Remembrance is tricky at times. One persons perception of an incident can be very different form another. Even the way the same experience is viewed can be traumatic on one while having no effects on another person. To remember is to have the ability to bring to mind the awareness of what one has seen, experienced or known in the past.
Here in our psalm, Israel is in captivity and remembering the freedom of Zion. There they brought to mind the goodness of God and all that He had done for them. The result was weeping. Often times when you have a good thing you don't realize it until it is gone. I remember our kids going off to university and coming home. The first thing they would do is raid the fridge. Why? Because they remembered what I would have in there and they didn't have it at university!
We are told to remember. The Israelites when they crossed over the Jordan were to take stones our of the river and make a memorial. They needed to do this so they would remember who it was that made a way for them to possess the land. In contrast, in the parable of the prodigal son, he remembered his Fathers house and what the servants ate. In doing so, he came to his senses and made his way home.
Testimonies are also good to remember. It focuses us back on a victory that has transpired and lifts our eyes once again to the author and perfect or of our faith. When we focus again on the Lord we remember that He is for us, that He is our deliverer, that He is our provider, that He is our healer. He did it before and He will do it again. Why? Because He loves you and He will never leave you nor forsake you and He will bring to completion the good work He began!
Prayer: Father, I ask that you would quicken my mind that I would remember Your goodness, kindness and love that You have shown to me. Let me remember where You have moved in my life and I ask that You would do it again.