Remember, O Lord


"Remember how short my time is! For what vanity you have created all the children of man!" (Psalm 89:47)

Humanly speaking “remembering” embraces “reflection”, especially on what is in the past. In the Old Testament such reflection led to regret or relief, or more actively appreciation and commitment. With God’s remembering it had to do with his attention and intervention, whether in good times or bad times. We’d find in scripture the call for God “to remember” frequently in lament prayers.

The Psalmist in chapter 89 made two appeals to Yahweh to remember. First, in the cited text (v.47), there is an appeal for his compassion because of human frailty. Humanity was created finite and subject to death. It is inevitable and without argument that certain destiny of everyone born into this world. In Adam, we all die. Only the Lord himself can saved from death. Cf.v.48. The second appeal (v.50) is a call of intervention in his steadfast love. Remember O Lord you are dishonored when your servants suffer mocking and insults at the hands of your enemies.

Let’s remember as well our limitations, whether in personal resolve or having confidence in the natural health and welfare movement, none of these can deliver from death. Our trust must be in the greater remedy – it is our Lord and he only. Second, serving the Lord does not always receive a positive response. Making our work, home, and neighborhood our place of service can diminish our motivation should we be rebuffed. If so, don’t take it personal – it is the Lord’s enemies that do that.

Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5:12)

-- E.C. Malone 06/28/2015

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