As we come to the last month of the year 2021, let’s look back over this past year to remember and proclaim the amazing things the Lord has done for us personally as well as in America and the nations of the world. It’s a time to rehearse our victories and miracles! We must not become so immersed in the difficulty we have experienced or are currently experiencing that we forget the miracles and victories that the Lord has done.
Yet, in all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Romans 8:37
It is important to recount the many miracles and answers to prayer that we have experienced. We choose to thank God regularly and praise Him for the victories in our lives but especially during this season. It is important to remember and speak as we rehearse our victories as the Scriptures instruct us.
Sing to Him, sing Psalms to Him; talk of all His wondrous works! Psalm 105:2
The LORD is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him; my father’s God, and I will exalt Him. Exodus 15:2
Remember His marvelous works, which He has done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth. Psalm 105:5
Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy. Psalm 107:2
God always has a redemptive plan of help and hope (Jeremiah 29:11). When we rehearse the victories that God has given us in the past, it reminds us that He will help us overcome anything and gives us the courage to face the future. David recounted his victories before he went to confront Goliath (1 Samuel 17:34-37). Likewise, the children of Israel rehearsed their miracles and victories from generation to generation (Psalm 78:1-7).
December is my favorite time of the year, and I love to decorate my house with garlands of lights. I love to see all of the lights in the season’s decorations because it reminds me that His light and life dwell in me and shine through me (John 8:12). In addition, it is a time of rejoicing that Jesus Christ has come and has won the victory for us (1 John 4:4, 14). Christ has told us that we are to be the light of the world now that He has ascended into heaven.
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14 – 16
Arise, shine, for your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the LORD will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you. Isaiah 60:1 – 2
Psalm 23 reminds us of how Jesus, our shepherd, has taken care of us and will continue to do so.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters; He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Psalm 23:1 – 6
This month, take some time to remember and reflect on what God has done and give Him praise and glory for it. Then, share what He has done with others so they can be encouraged as well! Remember, the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy (Revelation 19:10).
When we proclaim and speak to one another what the Lord has done in our lives, a book of remembrance is written before Him. So, when we remember God, He remembers us! God never forgets His promises or His people. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word remember as to bring to mind or think of again. Since God can’t forget, He is mindful of His Word and has us on His mind.
Then those who fear the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD listened and heard them; so a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who meditate on His name. Malachi 3:16
December is also when we should begin to look ahead to see what the Lord wants to do in and through us. Because we have remembered what God has done in the past, we can look forward with faith and hope for the future!
All Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.