“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” (George Santayana). Our confidence that God will not abandon the purpose for His people rests in our ability to remember the great lengths He has gone to accomplish His will. While the spiritual condition of any particular generation will not derail His purpose, it may indeed prevent members of that generation from receiving saving benefits from God, and from participating constructively in the outworking of His purpose in the world. Thus, the Psalmist’s appeal is not to the generations of people but “to the years of the right hand of the Most High” (v.10).
The right hand of God represents His public expression of power on behalf of His people. His wonders, works, and mighty deeds (Ps. 77:11–12) indicate things done to save and preserve His people. God’s right hand is said to be glorious in power, able to shatter and consume the enemies of His people (cf. Exodus 15:6, 12). Countless times and occasions God effortlessly rescued His people and delivered them for their enemies during the exodus.
As well, His right hand represented the place of premier honor and equal authority granted to the one in that position. That is why Joseph objected to Ephraim (his younger son) being place to Israel’s (Jacob) right hand and Manasseh to his left when he divided the blessings to Joseph’s children before he died (cf. Genesis 48:13-14). In reference to Jesus being the expressed image of divine power and authority the Apostle Paul wrote: “and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His great might that He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come” (Ephesians 1:19-21).
God sent Jesus to restore to humanity of every era the spiritual life forfeited in the Garden of Eden (cf. Genesis 2:17; 3:15) when Adam disobeyed God’s command by prioritizing his wife’s counsel above God’s. In accomplishing the mighty work of redemption Christ enabled us to share in the blessings of eternal life in the presence of our God. But to forget His work is to forfeit our inheritance as sons, and to prioritize anything above Him is to silence the praise He is said to dwell within (cf. Psalms 137:5-6; 22:3).
Christ’s wondrous works and mighty deeds bequeathed to us the holiness requisite to live in His presence and the righteousness necessary to participate in the outworking of His power. That God has reveal His wondrous works and mighty deeds is meant for our inheritance that we might obey His commands (Deuteronomy 29:29). Thus we remember (v.11), meditate (v.12), and publish (vv. 13-15) the mighty works of God because those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat its failures and forfeit its blessings. How do you remember, meditate and publish the mighty works of God?