It is well known that time has a way of bringing about a “lapse in memory.” Many of the important events in our lives - especially when God has intervened in a very dramatic way - have been forgotten over the years. Yes, there are moments when they come to mind, but for the most part, unless we record them somewhere they are forgotten. Certainly this is a shortcoming for many of us and it would be good if we had a “remember this” list.
No doubt that is why God had David add this “benefit” to his list of “Do not forget.”
“Do not forget that he redeems - or more literally - rescues you - from the pit.” In the previous verse we are reminded about His healing. Now we are reminded to “store this ‘benefit’ - being rescued from death inside us.”
“The pit” quite literally means “death.” Those who have ever “walked through the valley of the shadow of death” understand the significance of the “walking back into the light” of life. So, we dare not forget the great benefit and blessing of the restoration of health and healing, hope and happiness.
But we must also remember the “benefit” of having been rescued from “eternal death!” Jesus promised us that, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me, will never die.” This great benefit, eternity with Him, is the greatest of all benefits!
May we remember and rejoice each day that we enjoy the benefit of eternal life and the hope it gives us.
Prayer: Help us, Father, to somehow understand the tremendous cost of our salvation and the benefit it is to us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 103:4a who redeems your life from the pit