I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. Psalm 77:11
A few years ago, while my wife and I were taking our evening stroll in the park near our home, we noticed a very strange sight on the park’s basketball court. A teenage girl, with her back to the backboard, was attempting to lob the basketball over her head and into the basket. Of course, this is not an unusual sight but the unusual thing was the teenage boy who was sitting on the court using his cell phone to video each attempt. The girl must have tried this shot over fifty times but as we neared the court, she miraculously made her basket as the young man captured it on video. I suppose family and friends are enjoying the video of her amazing shooting skill and perhaps her video has gone viral for millions to view as well.
Capturing memorable events by using video, still photography, or the written word are so very important. As Christians, we have an incredible written record of God’s amazing acts: The Holy Bible. In today’s passage, the psalmist declares that he will remember the deeds of the Lord and His miracles from long ago. He does this to fight the devastating depression deep within him as evidenced by his lamenting in the first ten verses of the 77th Psalm.
If you are struggling with the daily demands of dementia, then you’ve probably had some run-ins with depression just like the Psalmist did. I certainly have but when it happens, I remember the deeds of the Lord by reading His Holy Word. When I do this, some special scriptures sooth my soul, encourage me, and bring me peace. One of my favorites is: May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so you that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).
This scripture is my prayer for you today as you go about your daily deeds. Hold on to His hope and may the power of the Holy Spirit fill you completely so you may overflow with hope so you might sooth the soul of others.