“And I said, ‘This is my anguish; But I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High.’ I will remember the works of the Lord; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old. I will also meditate on all Your work, And talk of Your deeds.”
When the going gets tough, really tough, what keeps you going?
For many people the what is really a who.
My kids keep me going. My husband, or my wife keeps me going. My best friend. My girl friend. My boy friend. My mentor, my teacher, my grandma, my grandpa. The list could go on and this shows just how profoundly important these relationships can be in our lives.
But what happens when all these human relationships are stripped away.
This past week, while attending a summit on emotional health, I heard the testimony of a man who had lost all of his family and nearly all of friends in the Rwandan genocide in the early 1990’s. Around him people were giving up in grief and despair but never once did he give up, not even when death was literally moments and inches away. The partial telling of his story left me feeling that I’d never really experienced stress or loss.
What gave him the courage and strength to hold on in the face of such trials?
Once again the answer isn’t a what it’s a who? God gave him the fortitude to hang on and persevere. While he could hear people dying all around him God have him the courage to not give up hope. When a killers knife was literally at his throat God gave him the courage to speak for him. When he was literally digging his own grave God gave him the opportunity and words to speak forgiveness and salvation to his executioners and then opened the way for him to be set free once again.
Friends, trouble and trials will come upon us. At some point everything is this world we hold onto for security will be stripped away, and that will probably be when we are in our greatest need. This is why it’s so important that we learn to trust in someone that’s truly out of this world. We need to learn of all that God has done in the past and collect a treasury of our own experiences as we live our lives with him. Then we, like Asaph, the author of today’s focus text, will be able to say, “I will remember… I will meditate… I will speak of the wonders, of the works, of the deeds of the Lord.“