Being a historically-minded person I sometimes ponder the issue of legacy. How will people remember us? How are we shaping history? What will people be talking about when our names come up in the decades after we’re gone? A couple thoughts came to mind…
Feeling these concerns, the 25th Psalm has taught me that it’s good to focus more on the memory of God than that of people. It includes this famous petition: “Do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me” (Psalm 25:2).
Overall it’s an acrostic poem; each successive verse begins with a different letter of the Hebrew alphabet. It starts with a pledge of trust in God, and the developing words of protection are resonant in a culture that increasingly pursues the shame of some and the honor of others.
I was particularly drawn to the three-fold prayer in verses 6-7. In each case the key word is “remember”…
God bless you,
Andrew McHenry, Pastor
First Congregational Church
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