March 29, 2021
Daily Reading: I Samuel 9-12
1 Samuel 12:24 Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.
How many great things has the Lord done for you? The nation of Israel could recount many things, great things that the Lord did for them. Samuel, who is quoted in our verse today, rehearsed some of them in this chapter, chapter 12 of I Samuel. He makes this statement for consider how great things he hath done for you. The things he is speaking of are included in the Scriptural record of Israel. But what about your record? Or rather the record of your life? How many great things has the Lord done for you?
King David gave this advice in Psalm 103:2: Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: then he lists some of his. But what about yours? Your blessings from the Lord, your answered prayers, your list of benefits of which He has benefited you? Do you know them? Can you recall them? Do you share them with others? Or do you even have any great things He has done for you?
Considering the great things He has done for you brings you close to Him, makes Him real to you, encourages you in times of difficulty, maintains your sense of loyalty in good times, and lifts your spirit. The writer of Psalm 136 must have known this. For in 26 verses of this one psalm it is recorded at the end of every verse for his mercy endureth for ever. Example: Psalm 136:23 Who remembered us in our low estate: for his mercy endureth for ever:
At the time of political upheaval in Israel, a time of transition from a theocracy to a monarchy, a difficult time for the nation, Samuel asks the people to consider how great things God has done for them. If this was good advice then, it is great advice for us now.
Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.