Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Psalms 78:5-7 -- On Hope and Memory

"For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children:
That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children:
That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:"
Psalms 78:5-7

It seems like one of the huge themes throughout the scriptures is forgetting the Lord.  These are some verses that give some good advice about how not to forget.  One way is to teach them to others, strengthening the new generation, and our collective memory as well when we teach each other. :)

There are other ways to remember as well, of course, and reading, praying, attending church, practicing living the gospel, talking with others about the gospel, and listening to good, gospel-inspired music are all great things to do.  Teaching is an especially strong way to remember though, because it forces us to study and really understand the principles so that we can transmit them to other people.

I really like the idea of setting our hope in God.  We anchor our hopes to so many other things, but when our hopes are centered in God, they can't be shattered. :)  Today, let's "remember how merciful the Lord hath been" (Moroni 10:3), and make sure we spread that knowledge around, and do other things in order to stay in contact with the Lord, so that we will never forget.

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