And I said, My strength and my hope
Is perished from the LORD:
Remembering mine affliction and my misery,
The wormwood and the gall.
My soul hath them still in remembrance,
And is humbled in me.
This I recall to my mind,
Therefore have I hope.
It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed,
Because his compassions fail not.
They are new every morning:
Great is thy faithfulness.
The LORD is my portion, saith my soul:
Therefore will I hope in him.
Still in remembrance
We have no trouble remembering hard times. A memorial of the incident leaps to mind when something terrible happens, bringing back all the emotions we experienced at that time. This is like… I remember when…
Jeremiah remembered his hard times.
But then, something happens. He writes, “This I recall to my mind.”
Recall to Mind
The word recall is a synonym for remembering. Now, I’m no expert, but these two words work differently in my thinking, especially in the spiritual context.
To recall is an intentional act. We mentally run through our files, pulling out the needed memory to bolster our failing hope.
Jeremiah intentionally focused on God and his mercies. His compassions. His faithfulness.
We can’t erase the hard times or the memories that come with them. But we can intentionally recall God’s unfailing love and His faithfulness to us.
On the other hand, the antonym for recall is forget. How easily we forget God’s faithfulness and His blessings during stormy seasons. The writer of Hebrews encourages us not to forget, but to recall!
Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering: (for he is faithful that promised;) Hebrews 10:23
Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Most people know the first verse and the chorus to the following song. I want to share the last two verses with you. And if you have the time, the video is well worth the listen. CeCe Winans is one of my all-time favorite gospel singers.
2. Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon, and stars in their courses above,
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.
3. Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide,
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
Thomas O. Chisholm
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