5 Remember the wonders he has done,
his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,
6 you his servants, the descendants of Abraham,
his chosen ones, the children of Jacob.
7 He is the Lord our God;
his judgments are in all the earth.
8 He remembers his covenant forever,
the promise he made, for a thousand generations,
9 the covenant he made with Abraham,
the oath he swore to Isaac.
10 He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree,
to Israel as an everlasting covenant:
11 “To you I will give the land of Canaan
as the portion you will inherit.”
This week was pretty bad for me in remembering things. It’s ironic that I’m reading a book on improving my memory, but in the past few days, I have left my wallet, phone, keys, and sunglasses behind on more than one occasion. Nowadays, we have smart phones that contain all of the information we need, such as e-mail addresses and phone numbers. Rarely do we memorize phone numbers, but we ‘tell’ our phone to call somebody and it does it for us.
This psalm tells us to remember the wonders that God has done. We’re being told to remember, because we will forget if we don’t dwell on the goodness of God and how He has chosen us and saved us. In contrast, God does not forget anything. He remembers His covenant forever and the promises made for a thousand generations. We may only go back two, three or four generations back and after that, most information about our ancestry is gone. When we are praying and feel that He is not present and doesn’t remember our prayers, we can be assured that he will always remember us and knows what we need.