History is on your side
I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your works; I muse on the work of Your hands. Psalms 143:5 (NKJV)
David does something in Psalm 143:5 that is very wise. When confronted with the trials and stressful situations of life, he goes back to what the Lord had done in the past. He remembers the days of old, to the miraculous parting of the Red Sea, to the provision of manna in the wilderness, to the spectacle of Mount Sinai, to the destruction of Jericho, and to the valley of Elah where Goliath fell.
Why did David remember all of these past works? Because when we remind ourselves of what God has done, it fills us with confidence in what He will do. Let that sink into your bones. Let it be a truth the Holy Spirit hammers into your heart. However you want to put it…know this!
Our God has done great and mighty things! And we need to remember what He's done in the past as we're faced with challenges in the present. Nothing fuels our confidence in God's ability to handle the unknown like looking at His track record. His history works for us by showing us time and again that He is able to protect and provide for His people—whether it's the Red Sea, Jericho, or the greatest work of all, the Cross.
So what are you facing today? What trial or situation looms over you like a Goliath? Remember how God handled Goliath and how He has proven over and over how faithful and able He is. Don't mentally wipe the slate clean. There's a history of what the Lord has done that's in your favor—so recall it, remember it, receive it!
God of wonders, we look at all that you've done and determine that Your past faithfulness deserves our present trust. Keep us ever-mindful of Your mighty works!
Think About It…
What does this passage reveal to me about God?
What does this passage reveal to me about myself?
Based on this, what changes do I need to make?
What is my prayer for today?
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. James 1:17 (NKJV)
Consistency breeds security. If you're an employer, you take comfort in knowing that you have consistent employees working for you. If your car needs to be fixed, you're going to take it to a mechanic who has consistently performed well. And if you're a coach, you'll probably draw up a play at the end of a tight game that puts the ball in the hands of your best and most consistent player.