The song says:
We’ve Come This Far By Faith
Leaning on the Lord
Trusting in His Holy Word
He’s Never Failed Me Yet
Remembering is an important part of preaching. In some ways we are seeking to help the people recall the magnificent stories of both the Old and the New Testament. But we are not only seeking to recall to mind things that happened to other folks. No we are seeking to “remember” that the stories of the Bible are magnificent templates through which we can see the power and glory of God in our own lives.
Yes our future can and will be changed as we participate in the stories, but this song that has been so prominent in the Black Church reminds us that as we tell the stories, we must connect our story to the Bible story. We must remember what God has done. For God hasn’t stopped taking people through Red Seas. No God hasn’t stopped freeing people from slavery. Yes God still comes to us like Abraham and tells us of a promised land where God is leading us. And yes, God is still in the resurrection business as God still revives us to live hopeful and powerful lives in the present.
The preacher can never lose track of the importance of memory. And neither can the preacher lose track of the importance of connecting God’s faithfulness to a new day that is only possible because “God has never failed us yet.”