Remember me, O LORD, when you show favor to your people; help me when you save them. Psalm 106:4
Does God forget about us? Why do we see the fathers of our faith imploring God to remember?
As Westerners, our first instinct is to intellectualize things. When describing our faith we make lists of essential beliefs and creeds. That’s great - but we don’t always apply those truths well. The most important thing is what we know. The Eastern culture of the Bible associates belief with action. To them it is not only about what you know but about what you do with what you know.
Marvin Wilson, in his book Father Abraham, says it this way:
"The Semites of Bible times did not simply think truth-they experienced truth. As we have previously emphasized, truth is as much encounter as it is propositions...To the Jew, the deed was always more important than the creed.''
So faith is about how I live, not just what I believe. Love isn’t a feeling; it’s a sacrificial act.
Likewise, the Biblical idea of God remembering is His intervention or action toward a certain person or circumstance. When we plead for God to remember, we are appealing to His character and begging Him to intercede.
Our God does not forget. In fact, we are ever on His mind. But somehow, in this mystery called prayer, we ask Him to remember – to intervene on our behalf.
The Lord remembers us and will bless us. Psalm 155:12