God's Word reveals that He keeps a "Book of Remembrance" of those who love to think about Him and His marvelous name. What an awesome reminder that our God is a personal and loving Father!
Malachi 3:16 Then those who feared the LORD spoke often to one another, and the LORD listened and heard them; so a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who meditate on His name.
Psalm 66:16 Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will declare what He has done for my soul.
Hebrews 3:13 But exhort (encourage) one another daily, while it is called "Today," lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
Psalm 34:15 The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry.
Psalm 33:18 Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy.
Psalm 56:8 You number my wanderings; put my tears into Your bottle; are they not in Your book?
Daniel 12:1b . . . and at that time your people shall be delivered, every one who is found written in the book.
Psalm 10:4 The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts.
Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, who mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.
Who or what do you think about? Who or what do you talk about? You can tell much about a person by the answer to these two questions. You might say that the answer to these questions reveal what's inside a person's heart (as a man thinks, so is he. Proverbs 23:7)
If you are a believer who meditates on Him, then you cannot keep it to yourself! You have to fellowship with another who also fears the LORD. As the psalmist says, "I will declare what He has done for my soul."
God is an excellent listener. He not only hears, He listens. He pays attention, when we encourage others, read His word and pray with others. He is well pleased when we share His faithfulness with others, when we meditate on His name.
This book of remembrance of which Malachi wrote, is it a literal book or a spiritual one? It doesn't matter as long as God is the owner and author of it. Personally I believe it is both. In the Hebrew the word "book" is pronounced as say-fer or sif-faw. It means document, book, evidence, register. Aren't all of these tangible materials? And with God it is almost certainly spiritual. With God all things are possible!
"Remembrance" in the Hebrew is zik-rone, meaning momento, memorial, record. Think about this---God has a document-evidence-register written as a momento-memorial-record before Him of the times we meditate upon Him and His name. This must be very important and special to Him. What a God we serve!
In the verses above we are given promises to claim as we "fear and fellowship." They are:
(1) God's eyes are on us; (2) He hears our cry; (3) perfect peace; (4) He knows our wanderings and our tears; (5) deliverance. Read over the verses again, and you will see these.
Don't stop the sweet fellowship, but continue to exhort one another, while it is still "Today."
God is keeping a record in His "book of remembrance."
c. 2001 Deborah Donner
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