What the Ruler Remembers

“He remembers his covenant forever,
    the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations,
the covenant that he made with Abraham,
    his sworn promise to Isaac,
which he confirmed to Jacob as a statute,
    to Israel as an everlasting covenant,
saying, ‘To you I will give the land of Canaan
    as your portion for an inheritance.’

When they were few in number,
    of little account, and sojourners in it,
wandering from nation to nation,
    from one kingdom to another people,
he allowed no one to oppress them;
    he rebuked kings on their account,
saying, ‘Touch not my anointed ones,
    do my prophets no harm!’..
And the Lord made his people very fruitful
    and made them stronger than their foes.”
Psalm 105:8-15,24

“But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided. The fountains of the deep and the windows of the heavens were closed, the rain from the heavens was restrained.” Genesis 8:1-2

“It is he who remembered us in our low estate,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
 and rescued us from our foes,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.” Psalm 136:23-24

“I, I am he
    who blots out your transgressions for my own sake,
    and I will not remember your sins.” Isaiah 43:25

“Can a woman forget her nursing child,
    that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb?
Even these may forget,
    yet I will not forget you.” Isaiah 49:15

“I will be merciful toward their iniquities,
and I will remember their sins no more.” Hebrews 8:12

God has a perfect mind, and knows and fulfills all He has pledged. He remembers His word with the power to fulfill it. God remembers His children in tenderness, love, and compassion. And mercifully, because of Jesus, once we are forgiven He remembers our sin no more. In perfect grace and justice He removes it as far as the east is from the west, and never counts it against us. (Psalm 103:11-12; 1 John 1:9)

Though our minds are not perfect as His, He sanctifies our minds to make them like Christ’s. What do we remember, and how might we renew our minds to be more like His? If we spend time taking in trivialities, sarcasm, and divisive opinions and conversation, we will crowd out higher thoughts of eternal significance, benevolence, and lovingkindness. (Romans 12:2; 1 Corinthians 2:16; Philippians 2:5-8; 4:8; Colossians 3:1-2)

When we remember Christ’s mercy to us, we are more prone to forget the offenses of others. When we forget our wants and charms by humbling ourselves before our Savior, we are ready to remember the needs of others. How will we endeavor to exercise our memories to promote love and light and truth about God? What would we ask the Ruler to imprint on our minds so they look and behave like His? (Ephesians 4:32; Philippians 2:1-5)

Lord, make me keen to remember all I should, and not what is to be put away. Purify my mind and the exercise of all things true and lofty.

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