Psalm 143:5 “I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done.”
David wrote this psalm in a state of great distress. He was asking the Lord for mercy, relief, to preserve his life and to bring him out of trouble. David was a man after God’s own heart. His heart ruled through faith over what he saw. Our heart will bear witness to God’s word by faith in times of trouble when the mind says there is no hope. He knew that in difficult situations he had to hide in the Lord. Often adversity and difficulties are more effective at forcing us away from the Lord than into Him.
The key so that you will hide in the Lord is to remember the past interventions of the Lord on our behalf. When the Israelites first came out of Egypt the Lord told them to write the law on plastered stones. He told Joshua to take 12 stones from the Jordan as a memorial. When their children asked about them, they were to tell them about the Lord’s goodness to them. He wanted events recorded so that in difficult times the people would remember what the Lord had done for them. This would inspire the people to pray and to seek God.
I know people who have been healed from weird diseases by the Lord who have then completely forgotten about it six months later. Only through my reminding them have they been able to draw on that testimony for their new situation. Testimonies inspire us and release faith. If God did it once, He can do it again. Our faith in His mercy and grace expands as we hear testimonies of His goodness from the past.
David drew strength and hope from remembering what the Lord’s hands had done. This psalm is an encouragement to remember what He has done for us in the past and that He will do it again.
Prayer: “Father, thank you for all your goodness to me. How you have delivered me, set me free, and healed me. I ask that you would do it again in Jesus’ name. Amen.”