2 Kings 18:1-8, 2 Chronicles 29-31, Psalm 48: Remembering God’s Deliverance

After decades of terrible kings, God raises up king Hezekiah to rule over Judah. He followed after the Lord in a way that Israel had not seen since David. He restored the temple, organized the priests, rid the land of idols, and sent messengers to all Judah and Israel, calling them to repent and return to the Lord.

2 Chronicles 30 tells us that Hezekiah reinstituted the Passover celebration. For years and years, the people had not celebrated passover. They had forgotten what the Lord had done for them in Egypt. But Hezekiah remembered, and he sought to make sure that the people did as well. Of this celebration, we read in verse 31 of chapter 30 that, there was great joy in Jerusalem, for since the time of Solomon the son of David king of Israel there had been nothing like this in Jerusalem. It was a party, and it was massive.

In reading this account, I am struck by the fact that they had gone so long without recalling the salvation of the Lord. No wonder they continually fell away and disobeyed. Can a people truly be expected to follow the Lord when they don’t remember what He did for them? Is that even possible? It’s difficult enough to obey God even when you are regularly faced with the realities of God’s great salvation. Waling with the Lord is hopeless if you do not remember what He has done for you.

This is why preaching the Gospel to yourself is so important. Regularly recalling the goodness of God in Christ is the way that we continue the passover tradition. For in Christ, God passed over our sins so that we might be saved to glorify and enjoy Him forever. Remembering the deliverance that God has brought about for us will keep us from falling away from the grace of God. It will keep us humble It will keep us joyful. It will keep us grateful. It will keep us near to the Lord. under the wings of His great love.

Remember the salvation of the Lord. Remember it often, and tell of it from day to day.

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