Wednesday Reflection – October 30, 2019
Remember the wonderful works he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he has uttered. Psalm 105:5
Psalms 105 and 106 appear to be purposefully arranged and ordered. G. Campbell Morgan agrees and points out that, “This (Psalm 105) and the following psalm are companions. They reveal the two sides of the relation between God and his people during a long period. This one sings the song of his faithfulness and power; while the next tells the sad story of repeated failure and rebellion on the part of his people.”
David summons the people, “O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples. Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wonderful works. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually” (vs 1-4). It is in this context that David utters the words of today’s Watchword, “Remember the wonderful works he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he has uttered”.
The call to remember God’s wonderful and marvelous works reflects that there is the constant danger among God’s people to forget. It dishonors God when we forget his great works. Indeed, we will always drift to forgetfulness if we do not actively remember. It’s amazing, sometimes even distressing, what we choose to remember. We sometimes remember foolish and evil things, occupy our minds with the negatives, and refuse to get over unpleasant things that people have said and done to us. Yet, we fail to recall the glorious deeds of Yahweh. If we would keep God’s wonderful acts front and centre of our minds, our faith would be stronger, our gratitude warmer, our devotion more fervent, and our love more intense.”
Not only are we to recall God’s wonderful works, but also his miracles and judgments. God has wrought numberless miracles before the eyes of the Israelites. Theirs have been a journey with God full of miracles as God demonstrated his love and omnipotence. In the face of the impotent gods of the world, there is our God of omnipotence, for which we are living witnesses. God’s judgements that he has uttered must not be forgotten. God had but to speak and the enemies of his people were sorely afflicted; his threats were not mere words, but brought destruction on his adversaries. God speaks and it is done.
Today’s New Testament text reminds us of one of those wonderful, miraculous acts of Jesus, “Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all ate and were filled” (Matthew 14:19-20). Jesus fed over five thousand people with only five loaves and two fish, with twelve basketfuls left over. What an amazing God!! Let’s practice the principle of remembering God’s marvelous works!