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If you are a parent or grandparent, you've likely heard something similar to, "Watch, Daddy! Watch!"  Or "Don't forget to come and get me!"  Our children and grandchildren want our attention and for us not to forget them or their accomplishments.  Nehemiah, one of the Lord's faithful sons, was also intent that his Heavenly Father remember his accomplishments.  

In the last chapter of the Old Testament book that bears his name, Nehemiah says three times, "Remember me for this" and "For this also remember me, O my God" and "Remember me, O my God, for good."  Nehemiah had directed the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem and had instituted changes to bring Temple worship in line with the Lord's directions in the Law.  And he wanted the Lord to remember all that he had done. 

Like our children, we want the Lord to remember our noble achievements. However, we conversely want Him to forget our rebellious acts and inclinations.  David pleads, "Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions..." (Ps. 25:7a). And Jeremiah states, "...I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more."  Praise be to God that He forgives the sin of His people  and refuses to condemn them because of what He has provided in Christ Jesus, His Son!

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As I pondered today's reading in Proverbs (21:3, "To do righteousness and justice is desired by the Lord more than sacrifice."), it caused me to ask myself two questions: (1) What things do I want? & (2) What do I want for my children? As I considered the first question, I found myself recording in my Devotional journal many things that I want....most of which are out of my control or reach. But as I pondered the second question, the answers were brief and simple: for them to love the Lord, for safety and for health.

As I thought about what I am aware the Bible says that God wants, it took me down a similar path. God does not need or want for any THING. But a couple passages came to mind quickly regarding what He wants for His children. David said, “You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise” (Psalm 51:16–17). And the people of Micah's day asked, “Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of olive oil?” (Micah 6:7). To which Micah replied, “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8, ESV)  

God's desire is that we walk in close fellowship with Him. Loving Him goes hand-in-hand with loving our neighbor as ourselves. This is the very definition of righteousness and justice.  May we give our Father what He most desires today!

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