Let all that I am praise the Lord;Psalm 103, verses 1 thru 5; from the New Living Translation (NLT)
with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.
Let all that I am praise the Lord;
may I never forget the good things he does for me.
He forgives all my sins
and heals all my diseases.
He redeems me from death
and crowns me with love and tender mercies.
He fills my life with good things.
My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!
So, another Holy Week is here. For those not raised up with or familiar with churchese (that’s the unofficial language of churches), Holy Week is that time we are called to remember that week leading up to the death of Jesus–and, of course, His Resurrection. While some may call this practice pagan, I find it helpful to focus my scattered attention to all that Jesus did that week. Have you ever thought about how powerful memories really are? Whether they are good memories or painful memories. Their power is unmistakable and undeniable.
While there are moments we can’t remember why we walked into a room (that’s me!), or remember where we put our cell phone (me again!), still memories are powerful. The thing about memories is that they will help us–or they will hurt us. They will pick us up when we are ready to quit. Or they will kick us down and stomp all over us again; leaving us bruised and bloodied, making the memory feel like it just happened. Can’t speak for you–but that sounds like memories have a lot of power over us. And they do.
We can, and do, hold on to memories–both the good and the painful ones. AND. . .we can make new memories. And sometimes–yes sometimes–it is good, very good to refresh some memories. Especially when it comes to what Jesus did that week nearly 2,000 years ago. Remembering the “good times” is what David was doing when he wrote this song. We don’t know for certain what prompted David to write it.
Maybe he was having a good day and simply wanted to write down what he was happening in his heart. Or maybe–just maybe–he was having a really, really, I mean REALLY bad day. Yes, followers of God have really bad days, too. And in that really bad day, he also chose to remember what God had done for him. Look at that list, and it’s just a partial list but a really good one:
- He forgives all my sins
- heals all my diseases
- He redeems me from death
- crowns me with love and tender mercies
- He fills my life with good things
- My youth is renewed like the eagle’s
This Holy Week is the perfect time for each of us to take a stroll down Memory Lane. Every act and every word of Jesus was deliberate. Each day, starting with that Palm Sunday, He was thinking about you and me. It was ALL about you and me! Since His Holy Week was all about us, let’s make OUR Holy Week all about Him! Look and listen carefully to everything Jesus did back then. And then. . .Remember He Did It For You And Me, the sinners that we are!