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Put Me in Remembrance… State Your Cause

May 12, 2019

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Put Me in Remembrance…  State Your Cause

The LORD has been ever so faithful to us  all our lives.     He provides  for our daily needs — disciplines us  to grow  in a true faith,  hope,  and love — forgives all our sins for Jesus’ sake — keeps on setting His word before us  as a guide and comfort  in our troubles — and saves us  from many dangers  we are totally unaware of  (usually dangers involving our eternal life).

Since we are such undeserving sinners,  we should not dare ask  for more.     And yet,  we do have a tendency  to complain.     We might not pray,  praise  and worship  as we should,  but we complain about getting a raw deal  in this life.     We have the audacity  to think we actually have a bone to pick  with the holy  LORD God Almighty,  who loves us so much  that He sent His only begotten Son  to suffer and die  for all our sins.

We are no different  from the Israelites in Isaiah’s time,  700 B.C.     They were “weary” of their situation  in life.     After all,  the Lord had them fall into captivity  to discipline them  for their many falls  into idolatry  and other immoralities.     In all this discipline,  God was actually loving them  and drawing them back  to the faith and salvation they had wandered from.     But,  the people didn’t want  to look at it that way — after all,  discipline can be grievous.

In Isaiah,  God patiently and firmly points out  the truths  of their suffering situation.    Then the Lord basically tells them  to get their heads on straight.     In Isaiah 43:25-26,  God states,

I,  even I,  am the One  who wipes out your transgressions  for My own sake;    
And I will not remember  your sins.    
Put Me in remembrance;  let us argue our case together,    
State your cause,  that you may be proved right.

And,  so it still is today.     Only the LORD  can wipe out our transgressions.     And He does not do it  because we’re so wonderful.     God forgives us  for His own sake.     He made us a promise  of forgiveness  and He can be trusted  to faithfully  wipe out our transgressions  when we put our faith  in Him.    God has not done anything wrong to us,  but we are always doing wrong  to Him  who loves us so.     God is holy  and when He promises  to not remember our sins,  He will keep that promise  because He is holy.     He does not change His mind.

That is what we need  to always remember,  so God says,  Put Me in remembrance.      We know what God has promised,  and we know  that in His holiness,  He will not renege  on that promise.     With all our sins forgiven,  we have absolutely nothing  to complain about.     So what  if we have to face our loving,  heavenly Father’s discipline.     It is in love  and we need to remember that  and learn our lesson  from Him.

That is why God challenges us,  Let us argue our case together,  state your cause,  that you may be proved right.     The truth is that when we state our cause,  we will plainly see  how wrong and weak we are.     Our reasoning is filled  with a lack of understanding  and wisdom.     We are so sinful our  cause will be revealed  for its lack of truthfulness and decency.     When we dare  to argue with God,  our Maker and Redeemer,  we will have to immediately shut our mouths,  lest we sin any more.     God is the righteous one — not us.     God is the one  who loves perfectly.     To our shame,  it will be proven  that we are not right — but God is always right.

And that is good!     We can depend on Him  to faithfully and righteously forgive  all our sins  for Jesus’ sake.     Even though we’re wrong  in our complaints,  we can still know  God will help us  when we turn to Him.     Awesome!

So,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  blessed is Your love and salvation  in Jesus Christ.     Open our eyes,  ears,  hearts  and minds  that we may always keep You  in remembrance  and serve You  to Your glory.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

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This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

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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