Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples.
Sing to Him, sing praises to Him;
Speak of all His wonders.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Seek the LORD and His strength;
Seek His face continually.
Remember His wonders which He has done,
His marvels and the judgments uttered by His mouth,
O seed of Abraham, His servant,
O sons of Jacob, His chosen ones!
He is the LORD our God;
His judgments are in all the earth.
Psalm 105:1-7 (NASB)
Hymn: "Fairest Lord Jesus" Anonymous, partly translated by Joseph A. Seiss
The tradition for New Year's is generally to make resolutions, to look forward to all the ways we will aim to make our lives better in the coming year. This is fine, if you're into that sort of thing. One thing I think we should all be doing this year is spending more time remembering what God has done for us.
Of course this includes the mighty works of God as recorded in scripture and history, His creation of the universe, His calling out a people for Himself and His great acts of victory on their behalf, His coming to earth in the form of Jesus Christ and taking on the weight of our sin and rising again victorious over death. Go through the Bible and see how much of it is God acting in profound and powerful ways.
But also, think about where God has acted in our own lives. What did God do in your life last year that set you on the course you're on now in 2019? Keep track of the things He does for you in 2019. Praise Him for His involvement in your life, tell people about God's work in you, seek always to know Him more and see Him working more clearly. Stop and look back occasionally and take stock of places where God was working that you only saw in retrospect.
Let us commit this year to remembering and proclaiming the greatness of our God and the work He does in our lives.
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB. Copyright by The Lockman Foundation