This is probably not precisely correct English, but you cannot remember what you have not “membered.”
Isaiah 43:26 – Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.
Unless you have committed something to memory, or at least experienced something in a memorable way, you cannot remember it. You can only remember that which has in some way been stored in your memory. I cannot tell you how often I have said it, or heart someone else say, “Remind me of that later.” Regardless of the reason, one wants to be reminded. In other words, they are asking that you say or do something that brings back the memory of something that occurred earlier. In the terms of our Text for Today, when you remind someone of something, you are putting them in remembrance.
In this case, the Lord calls upon His covenant people to put Him in remembrance of covenant. That command is not given because He has forgotten any part of His covenant. It is for our own sake. Think of this for a moment. How does faith come? According to the Word of God, faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. And we know, too, that without faith it is impossible to please God. From these two statements of Biblical truth we can clearly reason that God tells us to put Him in remembrance, not to remind Him of something He has forgotten, but to cause us to recall the Words of His covenant. You see, it is in that remembrance that our faith is both awakened and fed, and a foundation for our believing is established. Otherwise, we would be attempting to move the Lord by a whim of our imagination, or by some presumptuous thought.
So often in the Scriptures we are told to meditate upon the Word. That means to mutter to yourself again and again. It’s like a cow chewing her cud, and from that ruminating and re-ruminating, that she is able to produce milk to feed her offspring and provide us with dairy products. But it is also that action of rumination that causes a beef cow to grow and ultimately become a source of protein for us. It is by the milk of the Word that we grow, and it is by the meat of the Word that we become stronger in Him. And of course, it is by hearing the Word, whether from a speaker in the pulpit, or speaking it to ourselves, that we develop strong faith to please Father.
In those moments when we stimulate our own spirit and soul by remembering covenant that it can be said we put Father in remembrance. It is the creation of a link of agreement in which we agree in faith with that which Father has spoken in His Word. In that remembrance is the thriving atmosphere for faith.
Manna for Today – Isaiah 43; Matthew 12:35-37; John 14:12-14; John 17:18; John 20:21; Romans 10:17