Again, Lord, Again!

My mouth will tell of your righteous acts, of your deeds of salvation all the day, for their number is past my knowledge. With the mighty deeds of the Lord God I will come; I will remind them of your righteousness, yours alone. O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds. So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come. Your righteousness, O God, reaches the high heavens. You who have done great things, O God, who is like you? You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again; from the depths of the earth you will bring me up again. You will increase my greatness and comfort me again.” Psalm 71:15-21

Many times a day, we make decisions based on what we know to be true, assumptions  on what has transpired before. We interact with others according to how we know them to be and act, we choose places of business because of records and reviews. The psalmist here is replete with first-hand experience of his God’s righteous acts, deeds of salvation, mighty and wondrous deeds, and it is upon these that he lives, rejoices, proclaims God’s power to others, and trusts for his present and future. ‘Because You have done all these good kindnesses through my life, and because Your character remains the same, revive me, bring me up, comfort me again.’

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How often do we take time to recount the mighty works of God? Would we take sleepless nights, or quiet moments during a day, and turn our thoughts to recall God’s righteous acts in our lives, His deeds of salvation? How He changed our heart of stone to one of flesh, opening our eyes that were blind, recreating us in Christ? The times He protected us from harmful situations or choices, answered specific prayer for wisdom, words, or strength, or directed us at a crossroads? (Ezekiel 36:26; John 9:25; 2 Corinthians 5:17)

And once remembering myself, how readily do I pass along the wonder of these deeds? Do I make a point of telling of His goodness to loved ones, colleagues, those the Lord has placed in my life for more than just cursory acquaintance? My faith grows when tested and repeated, and the more I speak of God’s faithfulness, the more real it is to me. As the psalmist implies, a life steeped in the marvels of God is one that spills over in life-giving grace and truth to others, is one that counts on God’s character and intervention over and over, again and again.

So when I see troubles and calamities, and as I grow to old age and gray hair, when I face disappointment or rejection, or deal with physical pain or effects of aging, I can look to the Lord God Who does not fail, and trust His revival, His encouragement, His consolation, again.

There is none like You, my Lord. May I never cease to count on You to do again what You have done before. Keep me singing Your praises and telling Your deeds, for Your glory, laud, and honor.

 

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