Lenten Reflection 3-28-22

Lenten Reflection Day 23 - by Kim Wu

Psalm 103: 1-5 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name.  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits - who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the Pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

In this Psalm, we are reminded to remember all the benefits of Jesus; in essence, to remember the gospel.

The problem is that we want to forget God.  We forget him deliberately by choosing not to follow him.  “Take care lest you forget the LORD your God by not keeping his commandments and his rules and his statutes, which I command you today." (Deut. 8:11)  Or we forget him carelessly, as we focus more attention on ourselves.

Justice would call for God to then forget us, as we forget him.

To be forgotten, to be treated as insignificant and ignored - C.S. Lewis believed that to be a better metaphor for hell than fire.

But Jesus took our punishment onto Himself.  “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  Jesus was, during that time on the cross, forgotten by God, so that we would not be.

Heavenly Father, You who are sheer mercy and grace; not easily angered but rich in love.  You don’t treat us as our sins deserve, nor pay us back in full for our wrongs.  As high as heaven is over the earth, so strong is Your love to those who fear You.  I ask for Your help in remembering You, as I follow the way of Your son, and as I focus less on myself and more on You.  Amen.  (Based on Psalm 103:6-12 MSG)

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