Now Playing: What are we forgetting?
Many of us, before we leave on a trip, or return home from a vacation, will stop and look around, asking ourselves (either silently or out loud) "what am I forgetting"? Perhaps it is that book on the dresser, or the item of clothing in the drawer, or something even more important, such as a wallet. Well, in spiritual things we must ask similar questions. "(v.20) If we have forgotten the Name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god; (v.21) Shall not God search this out? For He knoweth the secrets of the heart" (Psalm 44:20-21).
The Israelites were given many strong warnings. "Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons" (Deuteronomy 4:9). "(v.12) Then beware lest thou forget the LORD, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. (v.13) Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God, and serve Him, and shalt swear by His Name" (Deuteronomy 6:12-13). "(v.10) When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the LORD thy God for the good land which he hath given thee. (v.11) Beware lest thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not keeping His commandments, and His judgments and His statutes, which I command thee this day" (Deuteronomy 8:10-11). Job warned against the consequences of "the paths of all that forget God" (Job 8:13). David could also warn, "(v.21) These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself; but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes. (v.22) Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver. (v.23) Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God" (Psalm 50:21-23).
The apostle Paul reminded us of what we should forget. "I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:13-14). But the Lord does not forget what has been done for Him. "Beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak. For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which ye have shown toward His Name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister" (Hebrews 6:9-10). The Hebrews were also reminded, "Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares" (Hebrews 13:1-2).
As David has urged us in the Psalms, "Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not His benefits" (Psalm 103:1-2). "(v.14) I have rejoiced in the way of Thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. (v.15) I will meditate in Thy precepts, and have respect unto Thy ways. (v.16) I will delight myself in Thy statutes: I will not forget Thy word" (Psalm 119:14-16). May we never forget what we have which is of eternal value!