Psalm 42 is one of my favorites. I believe it captures the typical journey/struggles and resolve for many of God’s people. In spite of his troubles there was an underline confidence that God would come through and ultimately he would praise him for it. Very encouraging indeed for any Christian. Our God is a God of help and comfort during times of trouble. As pointed here his memories were the key for his overcoming adversity. My friend what memories do you have of God, your church life, what can you praise God for at this hour? Have you anything or has it been – Wasted Years!?
One of the verses I mention often is verse number 4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.
I believe it captures a time when the author used to go to church. O happy times were these! Imagine being gathered together with other likeminded folks singing, serving and praising God. Enjoying good fellowship with one another, bearing one another’s burdens and being challenged to live a better life for Jesus Christ, praying for one another. Speaking and talking freely of the Saviour who saved them and keeps them. Seeing the children growing up in Christ and fear and serve God. Seeing the lost come to know Christ, family members getting right with God and many other happy memories. Fond times indeed! How about you, have you any of these memories or has it been a tale of – WASTED YEARS!?
Like many today who for one reason or another cannot make it to church they have fond memories of when they did. As a pastor I have learned a lot from going on visitation and some of my memories include listening to the memories of others. And O the stories that are told! These are folks who because of infirmities can no longer go with multitude to the house of God, but they recall the days when they did. They talk of how they served, shared the gospel and were part of a great community of people. Many of them played the piano, taught Sunday School and even helped build a church. These memories keep them going and encourage them in the hope of the glory to come. For many they long to be back in church. They will NOT for fear look back on – WASTED YEARS!
Much has changed today with technology and the burden of having to take care of a family and such. These are not excuses for forsaking your church life. There are many churches that still hold three services a week. You can get to church if you want to. It may not seem like a big deal now but there will come a time when you will feel the weight of bad decisions and look back see that you accomplished nothing substantial for the Lord and you have not seen the Lord accomplish anything substantial. Folks church life is important don’t let your last regrets be – WASTED YEARS. – Pastor Tim