Psalm 119:49-56 is the seventh octave or section that we read today focusing on God’s memory. We know that God doesn’t remember our sin after salvation; He casts them into the depths of the seas (Micah 7:18), forgotten forever. However, there are some things that God promises to remember and that is the request of the Psalmist: remember. “God, remember your word to me that caused me to have hope and comfort.” God has given us many promises that we are encouraged to ask Him to remember:
Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4 ESV)
But all who listen to me will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm.” (Proverbs 1:33 NLT)
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (Mark 11:24 ESV)
But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! (John 15:7 NLT)
And we will receive from him whatever we ask because we obey him and do the things that please him. (1 John 3:22 NLT)
Those promises are God’s Word to us! They tell us to believe His Word and trust Him. The world doesn’t depend on God for anything; they trust themselves. Not so with believers in Jesus Christ; our trust is in His Word. When God instructs us, we obey. When we need His help, we ask for it. When we’re weak, He gives us strength. That’s the higher life. That’s kingdom living.
Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled. (Romans 15:4 NLT)
The scriptures use many names for God that highlight an aspect of His character which teaches us what He’s like. As we remember and declare them our faith is strengthened.
His names are a blessing to us (Ps. 119:55) because they remind us of Who He is. They are like songs in the night (vs. 54).
In the Old Testament:
Elohim, God the Creator.
El Shaddai, Almighty and in need of no one.
Yahweh, our God who covenants with us.
In the New Testament:
Pater, our Father in the New Testament.
Kurios, our Lord, full of authority and supremacy.
Theos, the only One, true God.
God’s Word and His name are blessings (vs. 56) that bring hope, a place of confident expectation that He will be for you, who says He is. As we remember God’s promises He will be faithful to fulfill them. He’s like that.
My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; (Psalm 63:5-6 ESV)