Devotion and Prayer for Week of February 26, 2012

Meditation for the Week beginning February 26, 2012

 DO YOU REMEMBER, WHEN…

 As we get older it is amazing how much of our conversation and thoughts turn to events in the past.  And so often we start the conversation with some form of the above question, Do you remember…?  Unfortunately our memories are not always that good any more and we have to answer the question, no I don’t remember.

When you think about all of the things that have happened in our lives, it is not surprising that we don’t remember things or people or places.  I read somewhere that in our lifetimes most of us will get to know several thousand of people by name, well enough to recognize them in almost any situation.  And for people who had jobs or experiences where they dealt with a lot of people it was estimated that this number could easily reach 10,000.  That is more than the population of a number of small towns and villages here in Illinois.  It is not surprising we don’t remember.

But on the other hand, there are those things that, somehow, seem impossible to forget.  I know that I have several very vivid memories of some of the more stupid and regrettable things I have said or done.  For some reason those memories never seem to fade away and each time I remember the event, I end up shaking my head and asking myself how stupid could I be.  Why is it those are the things that we never forget?

King David, the great king of Israel in the Old Testament was concerned about what God might remember.  In Psalm 25 David writes this:

 

“Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions;

According to your steadfast love, remember me,

For the sake of your goodness, O Lord!” (Vs 7)

 

Seems like David shares the same concern as we do, because he obviously remembers the errors, the sins of his youth, and is afraid that God will also remember them.  The church has begun the season of lent.  Lent, which is a time when people are sorry for the past mistakes and sins that they have committed.  It is a time when we all wish that we had not made mistakes or sins.  And yet there is good news in this time as we remember our sins and ask forgiveness, God forgives our sins.  See what David says as he continues Psalm 25:

  “For Your name’s sake, O Lord, pardon my guilt for it is great…

 Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins.” (Vs.11&18)

David understood that God is in the forgiving business and is always willing to forgive the sins of his people who come to him in all humility seeking his forgiveness.  So the good news of the Lenten season is that as we remember, remember those sins, those failures, those missing of the mark, that God does forgive us our sins! Never again is there a need to remember, for God has put them away for the sake of Jesus Christ.

 

Weekly Prayer

 Living Lord, through the death of your Son Jesus Christ, on the cross at Calvary the cost of all my sins has been paid.  And you have promised to remove those sins from me as far as the east is from the west.  May I grasp and understand the depth and breadth of your forgiveness, so that never again do I have to ask about my sins by saying, “Do your remember…” For you have taken those sins and nailed them to the cross and granted me full and complete forgiveness.  Thank you Lord, for remembering me and claiming me as your forgiven child.  I pray in Jesus’ name.