Remember What God Has Done
Verse 1 – Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth!
Verse 2 – Sing out the honor of His name; make His praises glorious.
Verse 3 – Say to God, “How awesome are Your works! Through the greatness of Your power Your enemies shall submit themselves to You.
Verse 4 – All the earth shall worship You and sing praises to You; they shall sing praises to You. Selah.
One of these magnificent works we have read about was the parting of the Red Sea. These acts benefited all of humanity. Israel would be and was the conduit through which God redeemed the world.
Verse 5 – Come and see the works of God; He is awesome in His doing toward the sons of men.
Verse 6 – He turned the sea into dry land; they went through the river on foot. There we will rejoice in Him.
Verse 7 – He rules by His power forever; His eyes observe the nations; Do not let the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah
God saved Israel time and again. Miracles were not for just those times. God is a miracle-working God that sees every nation and every individual. The nations that have followed God, prospered. Those that have not followed God and have followed evil dictators and false religions have not prospered. Poverty and disease have taken over entire nations because of mans greed. Any time man puts himself above the All Mighty, it will fail.
Verse 8 – Oh, bless our God, you peoples! And make the voice of His praise to be heard,
Verse 9 – Who keeps our soul among the living, and does not allow our feet to be moved.
Our God will keep us firmly planted when we acknowledge and trust in His goodness. Stubborn faith is what it will take to get through the heavy storms of life. But always remember, His Word is our lamp and His Spirit is our guide. It may look like we’re slipping, but He says He will hold us steady!
Verse 10 – For You, O God, have proved us; You have refined us as silver is refined.
Just as fire refines silver in the smelting process, trials refine our character. Our motives and integrity at times will be tested to see our true motives for doing certain things. When we know it’s God will, we won’t stop until “that thing” has been accomplished.
I think most of the trials and hardships I have went through were to help someone later on who maybe is ready to quit and give up. Not everyone is on the same level of faith that you might be on, we have to patient. God will always place someone in our paths we can help.
Verse 11 – You brought us into the net; You laid affliction on our backs.
Verse 12 – You have caused men to ride over our heads; but You brought us out to rich fulfillment.
God says in His Word He will never “tempt us”, but He does orchestrate times of testings and trials. He does this in order to develop us. If everything in life were always smooth as glass, we wouldn’t depend on God as much. We’d think, “I got this!”
We will pray more when we are in lack; when we have been hurt; and when we are in fear. I know this to be true. I’ve looked at peoples lives down through the years and seen the difference of the “haves and the have-nots.” However, I’ve seen also, those in poverty of the spirit and material things blame everything on God, not the devil as it should be blamed.
When we realize that God’s intention for us is to have that abundant life, it will be like the psalmist wrote: “He has brought us out to rich fulfillment!”
Verse 13 – I will go into Your house with burnt offerings; I will pay You my vows,
Verse 14 – Which my lips have uttered and my mouth has spoken when I was in trouble.
Verse 15 – I will offer You burnt sacrifices of fat animals, with the sweet aroma of rams; I will offer bulls with goats. Selah
So many times people make vows and promises, to God saying, “If You get me out of this, I will do anything.” But once their out of trouble or receive what they asked for, they forget all about doing anything for God. David followed through with his vows to God, and so should we.
Verse 16 – Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will declare what He has done for my soul.
Verse 17 – I cried to Him with my mouth, and He was extolled with my tongue.
Verse 18 – If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear.
This may be hard for some to swallow, but the first prayer that God will hear from a person, is the confession of Jesus Christ, that you believe; that Christ died for your sins; forgave all your sin; and washed you in His blood for all time. And then we become teachable, by His Spirit, to the truth of God.
David knew what holding iniquity in his heart meant. We go before God and ask Him to help us get rid of bitterness towards others and the unforgiveness that we sometimes hold against another, then we are freed with a clear confidence in asking for help in time of need.
Yes, we are forgiven, but sometimes our attitude has to change in order for us to have our confidence back with our Savior. It’s not that Christ’s attitude changed toward us, we change because of stubbornness.
Verse 19 – But certainly God has heard me; He has attended to the voice of my prayer.
Verse 20 – Blessed be God, who has not turned away my prayer, nor His mercy from me!