June 14: Remembering
2 Chronicles 33:1–34:33; 1 John 2:18–27; Psalm 105:1–22
My mom discovered scrapbooking when I was a teenager. At first, the craft seemed time consuming and burdensome; paper scraps, pictures, and double-sided tape were constantly strewn over the kitchen table. But as the books came together, I began to appreciate her new hobby. A random photo would inspire a conversation about an event I had no memory of. The way she pieced the book together showed me a timeline of my parents’ sacrifice for my siblings and me. I had a deeper respect and a renewed sense of gratitude toward them.
Psalm 105 reads like a record of God’s faithfulness to Israel—a scrapbook of His work in their lives. To help them remember, the psalmist details each memory, beginning with the great patriarchs with whom God initiated and renewed His covenant—Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God didn’t choose these men because of their spotless lives. He was true to Israel, protecting, guiding, and reprimanding them when they were unfaithful and forgetful.
Although the psalmist is remembering God’s work and encouraging others to do the same, he ultimately shows that God’s act of remembering should ignite our praise. “He remembers His covenant forever, the word that he commanded for a thousand generations” (Psa 105:8).
We are wayward children who don’t deserve God’s love. We are forgetful and ungrateful, which often means we don’t praise Him like we should. Despite this, God has remained faithful—even reconciling us to Himself through the work of His Son. We shouldn’t live in ignorance of His faithfulness. Knowing that He’ll “remember his wonders that he has done” (Psa 105:5), we can live lives of thankfulness and praise.
How do you praise God for His faithfulness to you?
REBECCA VAN NOORD
- Manasseh was twelve years old, when he began to reign, and he reigned five and fifty years in Jerusalem: And he did evil in the sight of the Lord, like the abominations of the heathen, whom the Lord had cast out before the children of Israel. For he went back and built the high places, which Hezekiah his father had broken down: and he set up altars for Baal, and made groves and worshipped all the host of the heaven, and served them. Also he built altars in the house of the Lord, wherefore the Lord had said, In Jerusalem shall my Name be forever. And he built altars for all the house of the Lord, whereof the Lord had said, In Jerusalem shall my Name be forever. And he built altars for all the host of the heaven in the two courts of the house of the Lord. And he caused his sons to pass through the fire in the valley of Ben-hinnom: he gave himself to witchcraft and to charming, and to sorcery, and he used them that had familiar spirits, and soothsayers: he did very much evil in the sight of the Lord to anger him. He put also the carved image, which he had made, in the house of God: whereof God had said to David and to Solomon his son, In this house and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen before all the tribes of Israel, will I put my Name forever. Neither will I make the foot of Israel to remove anymore out of the land which I have appointed for your fathers, so that they take heed, and do all that I have commanded them, according to the Law and statutes and judgments by the hand of Moses. So Manasseh made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to err, and to do worse than the heathen, whom the Lord had destroyed before the children of Israel. And the Lord spake to Manasseh and to his people, but they would not regard. Wherefore the Lord brought upon them the captain of the host of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh and put him in fetters, and bound him in chains, and carried him to Babel. And when he was in tribulation, he prayed to the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, And prayed unto him: and God was entreated of him, and heard his prayer, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom: then Manasseh knew that the Lord was God. Now after this he built a wall without the city of David, on the West side of Gihon in the valley, even at the entry of the fish gate, and compasssed about Ophel, and raised it very high, and put captains of war in all the strong cities of Judah. And he took away the strange gods and the image out of the house of the Lord, an dall the altars that he had built in the mount of the house of the Lord, and in Jerusalem, and cast them out of the city. Also he prepared the altar of the Lord, and sacrificed thereon peace offerings, and of thanks, and commanded Judah to serve the Lord God of Israel. Nevertheless the people did sacrifice still in the high places, but unto the Lord their God. Concerning the rest of hte acts of Manasseh, and his prayer unto his God, and the words of the Seers, that spake to him in the Name of the Lord God of Israel, behold, they are written in the book of the Kings of Israel. And his prayer and how God was entreated of him, and all his sin, and his trespass, and the places wherein he built high places, and set groves and images (before he was humbled) behold, they are written in the book of the Seers. So Manasseh slept with his fathers, and they buried him in his own house: and Amon his son reigned in his stead. Amon was two and twenty years old, when he began to reign, and reigned two years in Jerusalem. But he did evil in the sight of the Lord, as did Manasseh his father: for Amon sacrificed to all the images, which Manasseh his father had made, and served them. And he humbled not himself before the Lord, as Manasseh his father had humbled himself: but this Anon trespassed more and more. And his servants conspired against him, and slew him in his own house. But the people of the land slew all them that had conspired against King Anon: and the people of the land made Josiah his son King in his stead. Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem one and thirty years. And he did uprightly in the sight of the Lord, and walked in the ways of David his father, and bowed neither to the right hand nor to the left. And in the eighth year of his reign (when he was yet a child) he began to seek after the God of David his father: and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah, and Jeruslaem from the high places, and the groves, and the carved images, and molten images. And they broke down in his sight the altars of Baal, and he caused to cut down the images that were on high upon them: he brake also the groves, and the carved images and the molten images, and stamped them to powder, and strowed it upon the graves of them that had sacrificed unto them. Also he burnt the bones of the Priests upon their altars, and purched Judah and Jerusalem. And in the cities of Manasseh, and Ephraim, and Simeon, even unto Naphtali, with their mauls they brake al round about. And when he had destroyed the altars, and the groves, and had broken and stamped to powder the images, and had cut down all the idols throughout all the land of Israel, he returned to Jerusalem. Then in the eighteenth year of his reign, when he had purged the land and the temple, he sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah and Maaseiah the governor of the city, and Joah the son of Joahaz the Recorder to repair the house of the Lord his God. And when they came to Hilkiah the high Priest, they delivered the money that was brought into the house of God, which the Levites that kept the door, had gathered at the hand of Manasseh, and Ephraim, and of all the residue of Israel, and of all Judah and Benjamin, and of the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And they put it in the hands of tehm that should do the work, and had the oversight in the house of the Lord: and they gave it ot the workmen that wrought in the house of the Lord to repair and amend the house. Even to the workmen and to the buildes gave they it to buy hewed stone and timber for couples, and for beams of the houses, which the kings of Judah had destroyed. And the men did the work faithfully, and the overseers of them were Jahath and Obadiah the Levites, of the children of Merari, and Zechariah, and Meshullam, of the children of the Kohathites to set it forward: and of the Levites all that could skill of instruments of music. And they were over the bearers of burdens, and them that set forward all the workmen in every work: and of the Levites were scribes, and officers and porters. And when they brought out the money that was broght into the house of the Lord, Hilkiah the Priest found the book of the Law of the Lord given by the hand of Moses. Therefore Hilkiah answered and said to Shaphan the chancellor, I have found the book of the Law in the house of the Lord: and Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan. And Shaphan carried the book to the King, and brought the King word again, saying, All that is committed to the hand of thy servants, that do they. For they have gathered the money that was found in the house of the Lord, and have delivered it into the hands of the overseers, and to the hands of the workmen. Also Shaphan the chancellor declared to the King, saying, Hilkiah the Priest hath given me a book, and Shaphan read it begore the King. And when the King had heard the words of the Law, he tare his clothes, And the King commanded Hilkiah and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Abdon the son of Micah, and Shaphan the chancellor, and Asaiah the king’s servant, saying, Go and inquire of the Lord for me, and for the rest in Israel and Judah, concerning the words of this book that is found: for great is the wrath of the Lord that is fallen upon us, because our fathers have not kept the word of the Lord, to do after all that is written in this book. Then Hilkiah and they that the king had appointed went to Huldah the prophetess the wife of Shallum, the son of Tokhath, the son of Hasrah keeper of the wardrobe (and she dwelt in Jerusalem within the college) and they communed hereof with her. And she answered them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Tell ye the man that sent you to me, Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, and upon the inhabitants thereof, even all the curses, that are written in the book which they have read before the King of Judah: Because they have forsaken me, and burnt incense unto other gods, to anger me with all the works of their hands, therefore shall my wrath fall upon this place, and shall not be quenched. But to the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of the Lord, so shall ye say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, The words which thou hast heard, shall come to pass. But because thine heart did melt, and thou didst humble thyself before God, when thou heardest his words agaist this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, and humbledst thyself before me, and tearest thy clothes, and weptest before me, I have also heard it, saith the Lord. Behold, I will gather thee to thy fathers, and thou shlat be put in thy grave in peace, and thine eyes shall not see all the evil, which I will bring upon this place and upon the inhabitants of the same. Thus they brought the King word again. Then the King sent and gathered all the Elders of Judah and Jerusalem. And the King went up into the house of the Lord, and all the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the Priests and the Levites, and all the people from the greatest to the smallest, and he read in their ears all the words of the book of the Covenant that was found in the house of the Lord. And the King stood by his pillar, and made a covenant before the Lord, to walk after the Lord, and to keep his commandments, and his testimonies, and his statutes with all his heart, and with all his soul, and that he would accomplish the words of the Covenant written in the same book. And he caused the that were found in Jerusalem, and Benjamin to stand to it: and the inhabitants of Jerusalem did according to the Covenant of God, even the God of their fathers. So Josiah took away all the abominations out of all the countries that pertained to the children of Israel, and compelled all that were found in Israel, to serve the Lord their God: so all his days they turned not back from the Lord God of their fathers . 2 Chronicles 33:1–34:33
- Little children, it is the last time, and as ye have heard the Antichrist shall come, even now there are many Antichrists: whereby we know that it is the last time. They went out from us, but they were not of us: for if they had been of us, they should have continued with us. But this cometh to pass, that it might appear, that they are not all of us. But ye have an ointment from the Holy one, and know all things. I have not written unto you, because ye know not the truth: but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. Who is a liar, but he that denieth that Jesus is that Christ? the same is that Antichrist that denieth the Father and Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father. Let therefore abide in you that same which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning, shall remain in you, ye shall also continue in the Son, and in the Father. And this is the promise tha the hath promised us, even that eternal life. These things have I written unto you, concerning them that deceive you. But that anointing which ye received of him, dwelleth in you: and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and it is true and is not lying, and as it taught you, ye shall abide in him. And now, little children, abide in him, that when he shall appear, we may be bold, and not be ashamed before him, at his coming. If ye know that he is righteous, know ye that he which doth righteously, is born of him. 1 John 2:18–27
- Praise the Lord, and call upon his Name: declare his works among the people. Sing unto him, sing paise unto him, and talk of all his wondrous works. Rejoice in his holy Name, let the heart of them that seek the Lord, rejoice. Seek the Lord and his strength: seek his face continually. Remember his marvelous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth. Ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob, which are his elect. He is the Lord our God: his judgments are through all the earth. He hath always remembered his covenant, and promise, that he made to a thousand generations, Even that which he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac: And since hath confirmed it to Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant, Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance. Albeit they were few in number, yea very few, and strangers in the land, ANd walked about from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another people, Yet suffered he no man to do them wrong, but reproved Kings for their sakes, saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my Prophets no harm. Moreover, he called a famine upon the land, and utterly brake the staff of the bread. But he sent a man before them: Joseph was sold for a slave. They held his feet in the stocks, and he was laid in irons, Until his appointed time came, and the counsel of the Lord had tried him. The King sent and loosed him: even the Ruler of the people delivered him. He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his substance, That he should bind his princes unto his will, and teach his Ancients wisdom. Psalm 105:1–22