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!