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Put Me In Remembrance; Let Us Argue Our Case Together

June 21, 2014

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Put Me  In Remembrance;  Let Us  Argue  Our Case  Together

Pride  that proclaims  its independence  and self-sufficiency  is a real problem  to us  —  because  it takes us away  from the love  of our LORD  and Savior.     Pride leads us  to imagine  that we can do  whatever  we want  all by ourselves.     We feel  that we don’t have  a need  for God’s loving grace  because  we’re able  to work our own way  into any sort  of heaven  without any help.

We pridefully feel  that pure grace  makes us  look weak  and babyish.     So we much prefer  to make the world see us  as strong  and self-reliant  —  successful,  in and of ourselves.

Then,  we purposefully forget  about all the times  the LORD God  has helped us.     And,  we don’t want  to offer God  any praises  or thanksgivings.     Worshiping God  just seems embarrassing,  weak,  and demeaning.

All this sort  of a front  is an awful sham.     The bottom line  is that God helps us  every single day.     We don’t even have breath  without God’s grace.     We didn’t get where we are  because we’re so great.     It is God  who has given us  so many blessings  and strength  for another day.     God points all these sorts  of things out in Isaiah 43.     Then God challenges us all  in Isaiah 43:26,  by saying,

Put Me  in remembrance;  let us argue  our case  together,
State your cause,  that you may be proved right.

We simply  don’t have a right  to refuse  to honor God  for all that He does  for us.     God created us.     What is it  that makes us imagine  we can be  truly self-sufficient?     How can anyone  “argue”  with God Almighty,  claiming they don’t need  God’s help  for anything?     Just what  can anyone say  to God  to  honestly prove  that they are more  “right”  than God is?

What sort  of  “cause”  do we rightfully have  against God?

Are we going to say  we don’t want  His help  any more?     Will we claim  that we don’t need  our sins forgiven?     Will we imagine  we can make  our own heaven  to live in?

Any argument  we might come up with  is totally senseless.

In spite  of the incessant silliness  of mankind’s  prideful imagination,  God has loved us  in Christ Jesus  and provided us  a way  to be forgiven  through faith  in Christ.     Will we humbly recognize  our need  to be forgiven  and allow all our sins  to be washed away?

We don’t know  how many more chances  we’ll have.     We don’t even know  when our last breath  will be granted.     It boils down  to the fact  that our pride  is worthless  and most shameful.

As we consider  how wondrously beloved we are,  we put our LORD  and Savior  “in remembrance”  with humble praises  and sincere thanksgivings.     Then  we gratefully say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for lovingly  and patiently working  in our hearts.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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