March 7, 2009 - Saturday of the First Week of Lent

Today's Reading: Psalm 25:1-2, 6-8, 11

Daily Lectionary: Genesis 15:1-21; St. Mark 5:21-43

Remember, O LORD, Your tender mercies and Your loving- kindnesses, for they are from of old. Let not my enemies triumph over me. Redeem Israel, O God, out of all their troubles!” (Psalm 25:6, 2)

In the name of Jesus. Amen. Reminiscere means “remember.” That’s an imperative, a command. Today, give up the thinking that God doesn’t want to be commanded or that you shouldn’t tell Him what to do.

A good question to ask here would be, “What would happen if the Lord didn’t remember His tender mercies and His lovingkindness?”

Without the tender mercies of God, we’d be left to stand before God on our own merits, or lack thereof. Without the lovingkindness of the Lord, we’d have only our troubles. And our enemies--the devil, the world, and our sinful flesh--would triumph over us.

Remember, O Lord, what you have done for me. Remember how you sent Jesus to be born of the Virgin. Remember His faithfulness, His suffering, His thorns, His beatings, His nails, and His Cross. Remember what He did for me.

What we don’t need is God remembering our sins. We don’t need Him thinking of the evil we do to ourselves and to others. How we live only for ourselves and push others aside. How we remember and bring up what others have done to us all the while condemning them for remembering and not forgiving our faults.

Then, trust that God has given up remembering our sins in Christ. Cling to what He’s done. Receive the Lord’s remembering: His mercies and lovingkindness in the Word, in your Baptism, in His Supper for you.

I know--it’s unbelievable! It’s incomprehensible that God, who knows everything, would remember your sins no more. It’s impossible. But, in Christ, God doesn’t think on your sins, they’ve been forgiven. No, He sees you as holy. He covers you in His Son and refuses to see anything else. He has redeemed you, bought you back.

And your guilt? The things you are scared that He will remember? The crimes and sins you have committed against Him? The great iniquities you have done? For His name’s sake, for the sake of His Son, He pardons you. He forgives you. He remembers only Jesus’ Cross for you.

And when you doubt, despair that God could do such a thing for you, pray this Psalm. “Remember, O Lord, what Jesus did for me!” In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

O from our sins, Lord, turn your face; Absolve us through Your boundless grace. Be with us in our anguish still; Free us at last from ev’ry ill.” (LSB 615, v. 5)