Can you remember a child or grandchild’s favorite story? Can you recall the sound of their urgent plea that you read that oh-so-familiar book to them again? It wasn’t as if they’d forgotten how it ended. They may even have had it memorized word for word… as did you! No, they simply longed for the familiar comfort of the same wonderful words “remembered to them” again… and again… and again.
This common trait of childhood is, in fact, a noteworthy characteristic of growing up in the Christian faith. The Bible is chock full of facts, figures, names, dates, and the like. We could study the Scriptures every day (a good habit, by the way) and we’d never commit to memory all the details of the Bible’s text. But finally, the words of Holy Scripture are not facts for us to memorize so that we can master them and move on to something else. They are the words the Lord has given to us that they might be “remembered” in our ears over and over and over again. These Holy Words are the ones that repeat to us the wonderful news of the God who has had mercy upon His fallen creation, redeeming His offenders with the blood of His own Son, and reclaiming them in the life His Son reclaimed from the grave. It’s the story that our Gracious God has caused to be written down so that the Holy Spirit, through parents, pastors, and dear Christian friends, might “remember it” repeatedly for our ears to hear, for our consciences to be comforted, for our hearts to hope on and live!
Remember the word to Your servant (Psalm 119:49a).
Psalm 119:49-50 (KJV)
Remember the word to Your servant
Upon which You have caused me to hope.
This is my comfort in my affliction
For Your word has given me life.
Hymn: ELH 178 – I Pray Thee, Dear Lord Jesus
I pray Thee, dear Lord Jesus
My heart to keep and train
That I Thy holy temple
From youth to age remain
Turn, Thou, my thoughts forever
From worldly wisdom’s lore;
If I but learn to know Thee
I shall not want for more.
Lord God, the words you have given to us are Spirit and they are life. Remember these words to us daily that we might live and die and rise again in them. Amen.
Rev. Kyle Madson
Editor, The Lutheran Sentinel
Norseland Lutheran Church
St. Peter, MN
Norwegian Grove Lutheran Church