Praise in Reflection Hello my Spiritual friend, It is during these up and coming weeks: that I ask of you, to provide some of your time to ponder these words as we are escorted ever closer to the moment, which shall never be repeated. I want to urge you, dear friends, to observe the goodness of God carefully for your souls' well being .
This is because, there is a great difference between eyes and no eyes. Yet, many have eyes and yet do not see God's goodness flowing before them, but they say, “Where is it?” They breathe it but ask, “Where is it?” They sit at the table and are fed upon it. They wear it upon their limbs. It is in the very beating of their hearts, and yet they wonder, “Where is it?” Do not be so blind. “The ox knows his owner and the ass his master's crib” (Isaiah 1:3). Let us not be slower than beasts of the field, but let us know the Lord and consider His great goodness. Let me say, in regarding the philosophy of great praise, we are to observe see this in the second stage of the process, namely, diligent memory. That is to say, what has made an impression upon the mind by observation is fastened upon the memory.
Memory seems to lie in two things: first, in retaining an impression, and then in recollecting it at a future time. I suppose that, more or less, everything that happens to us is retained in the mind, but it is not always readily reproduce the fainter impressions when you wish to do so. For, I know in my own mind, a great many things that I am sure I remember, but I cannot always recall them instantly. Give me a quarter of an hour to run through a certain arrangement of ideas, and I can express, “Oh, yes, I have it. It was in my mind all the time, yet, I could not recollect it at the time.” Memory collects facts and afterwards recollects them. The matters before us are recorded by memory, but the tablet may be mislaid. The perfection of memory is to preserve the tablet in a well-known place from which you can bring it forth at any moment.
Over the years, I have dwelt, at length, with the idea that you may begin correctly from the very outset by getting vivid impressions, moreover, you may be the better able to retain and to recall them. We cannot utter what we have forgotten. Thus, we need close observation to establish a strong memory concerning the Lord's greatness and goodness. How are we to strengthen our memory about God's goodness? First, we should be well acquainted with the documents in which His goodness is recorded. An individual may be said to keep, in memory, a fact, which did not happen in his or her own time, but did hundreds of years before he was born. They shall remember it because perhaps one has viewed the document in which the fact is recorded. In a certain sense, this is within the range of memory. It is within the memory of a person, the united memory of the race, because it has been recorded and can be retrieved.
Nevertheless, I ask that you be familiar with the Word of God. Stock your memory with the ancient records of His great goodness. Drink in the whole narrative of the evangelists, and despise not Moses and the prophets. Soak in the Psalms, the Song of Solomon, and other such books until you come to know the well-recorded goodness of the Lord. Have His words and deeds of goodness arranged and ready at hand. Let them be at your fingertips, as it were, because they are in your heart's core. Then you will be sure abundantly to utter the memory of His goodness, for “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34). What we have within and comes out is what defiles us, while equally so; it is what we ponder most upon is what is within our hearts. Next, if you would strengthen your memory, diligently observe memorials. There are two in the Christian church. There is the memorial of your Savior's death, burial, and resurrection as set forth in believers' baptism, in which we are buried and raised with the Lord Christ. Do not forget that memorial of His deep anguish when He was immersed in grief and plunged in agony, for He bids you observe it. As for the Holy Supper, never neglect it; come often to the table, until He returns. He has tasked you and I to do this in remembrance of Him.
Cherish devoutly the precious memorial. Great events in nations have been preserved in the memory of future generations by some ordained ceremonial. The Lord's Supper is of that kind. Therefore, observe well the table of the Lord so that you forget not His great goodness. See how the Jews kept their Exodus in mind by means of the Paschal lamb; how they ate it after the sprinkling of the blood; how they talked to their children and told them of the deliverance from Egypt, abundantly uttering the memory of God's goodness; and how after supper they sang a hymn, even as our text bids us to sing of the goodness of God. Strengthen your memories, then, by reverent attention to the historical documents and the memorial ordinances. Still, the most important is the memory of what has happened to yourself, your own personal experience. I will not give a penny for your religion unless it has taken effect on you. The power of prayer! What of that? Did you ever receive an answer to prayer? Did you ever wrestle with the angel and come away victorious? What do you know about prayer if you never did?
You are very orthodox, but unless the doctrines of grace have brought to your soul the grace of the doctrines, and you have tasted and handled them, what do you know about them? You have nothing to remember. May these words, my spiritual friend, find a home within your collective memory and may these same be apart of what you recollect as we come migrate within this season ever closer. My thoughts and prayers are with you! Peace, Bro. Smith SGS Http://Revelationinsight.tripod.com