Do you watch Once Upon a Time? It is one of my guilty pleasures – the characters consistently frustrate me to no end and I don’t find the acting particularly inspiring, but I can’t bring myself to stop watching the show, so as a result I have breezed through six seasons on Netflix in just a matter of months. Anyways, this isn’t the important part of the story!
I was watching the third-to-last episode, a “musical” episode. I’m going to spoil it for you now. Here’s what happened: Emma, our fierce protagonist, was having trouble defeating the bad guy. She was close to losing all hope, having already lost her belief … when she suddenly realized that her parents’ hopeful song about the power of true love had been inside of her this whole time. All she had to do was remember. And then she started to sing and Autotune abounded!
I had just finished watching this silly television show when I read Psalm 77. In verse 6, it says,
I said, “Let me remember my song in the night; let me meditate in my heart.” (Psalm 77:6)
I was reminded of how easy it is to forget, and how important it is to remember: I always, always need God. I may feel at times that I’m doing okay without Him, but then I snap at someone or I put myself first or I just feel sad, and I remember that I am nothing without Jesus, my Lord and Saviour.
One of the things I find really interesting about Psalm 77 is that the author is so aware of how good God is, even when he is in a time of trouble and is so close to forgetting that God is with him.
“Will the Lord spurn forever, and never again be favourable? Has his steadfast love forever ceased? Are his promises at an end for all time? Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has he in anger shut up his compassion?” (Psalm 77: 7-9)
God is good all the time. It is my sinfulness and my intense focus on the things of this world that make me forget that God loves me so much that He sent His own son to die for me. I need to take the Gospel personally. I sinned and I sin and I will keep sinning, but Jesus showed me God’s love when He came to earth to save me from my sin, to bridge that gap between me and God, and to start changing me now so that I’m ready for when I meet God face to face.
I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds. Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God? You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your might among the peoples. (Psalm 77: 11-14)