Just to remember God is a blessing—
now and tomorrow and always.
From east to west, from dawn to dusk,
keep lifting all your praises to God!
Ps 113:2-3 MSG
We are certainly commanded to remember the Lord and to praise him but The Message version of this scripture adds a dimension that this is a blessing – and I think that can be assumed toward God from us as well as toward us from God.
To remember is to recall to mind that which we know but has slipped from our conscious mind. Where repent means to Think Again – remember means to Think OF Again. In that sense, the two are closely linked in our experience. If I think again about my plight of sin – I’ve taken a fork in the road that lead me far away from God and I think I should have taken the other fork – this then makes me Think OF God again. This interaction is clearly displayed in the story of the prodigal son.
But remember can also mean to retain in conscious memory – so as to not have to recall. It may seem impossible to constantly keep God in conscious memory but this is possible when we see all things as his, and as coming from him, and as being about his purpose. It is what we are called to grow to believe – being transformed by the renewing our minds that we will then know God’s good, holy, and perfect will. This is not something that happens once then we go about our merry way. Rather, it is available to happen every moment of every day. If we will think of God again, it can renew our mind and transform our life in that moment. Clearly east to west and dawn to dusk encompass this idea.
Finally, we can remember God to others. This use of the word remember means to commend. If this moment is God soaked in our memory – consciously – it is easy to commend him to those involved in the situation with us by what he does in and through us and by our expression of that. This is naturally letting our moment-to-moment experience share God with others in both word and deed. Clearly, this is a blessing to God, to us, to others.