Day Three: Déjà vu

Psalm 132:11-12 (MSG)

Up, God, enjoy your new place of quiet repose, you and your mighty covenant ark; Get your priests all dressed up in justice; prompt your worshipers to sing this prayer: “Honor your servant David; don’t disdain your anointed one.”God gave David his word, he won’t back out on this promise:“One of your sons I will set on your throne; If your sons stay true to my Covenant and learn to live the way I teach them, Their sons will continue the line—always a son to sit on your throne.

 “A Christian with a defective memory has to start everything from scratch and spends far too much of his or her time backtracking, repairing, starting over. A Christian with a good memory avoids repeating old sins, knows the easiest way through complex situations and instead of starting over each day, continues what was begun in Adam.” [Eugene Peterson, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, p. 161]

“Déjà vu” is a French term describing the feeling that one has lived through the present situation before. Have you ever felt like you were going through déjà vu when you found yourself making the same mistakes over and over?

How do we become “a Christian with a good memory” so that we don’t always have to start over?

Today, as we remember God’s promises, let’s pray for breakthrough that leads to obedience, especially in areas where we have experience déjà vu in all the wrong ways.