Worship, Memory, and Doubt
I spent all of last week at a wonderful place — Falls Creek youth camp in Davis, Oklahoma. The worship was led by Met Collective, whose leader is Matt Roberson. Something he told the students throughout the week was this: “He who remembers well, worships well.”
Going along with this, on the final night of camp, after our students had shared testimonies of being saved and challenged to share their faith, we briefly discussed the narrative in Joshua 3-4 of the Israelites crossing the Jordan River and entering the Promised Land. Joshua chose 12 men, one from each of the 12 tribes, to grab a stone from the middle of the river. When they had all crossed, they set up an altar with those stones, so that they could always remember what God had done for them that day. When they remembered what God had done, it would cause them to worship.
Another example of memory leading to worship is the Israelites’ annual celebration of the Passover. The eating of unleavened bread and the other stipulations of this festival were symbolic reminders of God’s power and grace in delivering His people from bondage in Egypt. God instituted the Passover so that His people would remember His works, which would cause them to worship.
Today, Christian churches celebrate the Lord’s Supper or the Eucharist, and the idea is the same. The bread and the fruit of the vine are symbolic reminders of Christ’s atoning death, and when we think of these things, how could we not respond in worship?
All of the above examples are corporate ones, but what about in your own personal life? What great things has God done for you, and have they caused you to worship Him? Has He saved and forgiven you? Worship Him for that! Has He sustained you through a tough time? Praise Him for that!
There has been a recent discussion regarding the sinfulness of doubt. I am not going to weigh in on that here, but I will say this: one of the greatest weapons for fending off doubt is memory. When you doubt the existence of God, consider the many supernatural experiences you have had with Him. When you doubt your salvation, consider the moment He saved you and the joy you surely had. When you doubt the reliability of the Scriptures, consider how miraculous it is that the sixty-six books of the Bible have been preserved and protected for so long.
Whatever it is you may doubt, allow your doubt to spur your memory, and let your memory lead to worship, for he who remembers well, worships well.