Have you ever tied a string around your finger to help you to remember something? It’s not unusual for any of us to need some kind of a reminder to keep us from forgetting things that are important to us. Some of us may make a note on a calendar or in a notebook. Others may send themselves a text message on their cell phones. And then there are some who may use a bulletin board, notes on the refrigerator door held in place by a magnet, or a Post-It note stuck on the bathroom mirror. When it comes to things that are important, we want to be sure that we don’t forget.
When it comes to the things that God has done for us, we want to make sure that we don’t forget them either. That’s why many of us commemorate Jesus’ birth at Christmas by displaying a Nativity scene. It’s why some of us go through the Stations of the Cross to commemorate His suffering, death, and resurrection. And it’s why some recall how He delivered His people from captivity in Egypt through the Passover seder. It’s important that we remember all that God has done.
Perhaps the best way for us to remember what God has done for us is through a lifestyle of praise. When we take time each day to praise Him with our lips, to praise Him with our whole hearts, to praise Him with our lives, it is hard to forget all that He has done for us. In Psalm 103, David puts it this way, “Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise His holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things He does for me.” (Psalm 103:1-2, NLT).
Give the Lord praise every day. Praise Him with all of your heart. Praise Him with all that you are. When you do, all of the things He has done, all of the things He is doing now, and all of the things He will do will never be far from your heart and mind.