Can’t you hear the soulful echoes of Barbara Streisand singing Memory?
Memory – all alone in the moonlight. I can dream of the old days.
Life was beautiful then.
I remember the time I knew what happiness was.
Let the memory live again.
[ Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/b/barbara_streisand/memory.html ]
A few days ago, my family celebrated the birthday of our son. Yesterday my wife and I celebrated the anniversary of our wedding. Lots of memories this week.
Today, though, we do not celebrate. But we do remember. We remember the senseless loss of life that occurred eleven years ago. We recall the passengers and crew of four aircraft that were hijacked and intentionally crashed. We remember the thousands of people that died on the ground at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. We remember.
What will we do with the memory?
For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled.
Moses, says Matthew Henry, “taught the people of Israel to acknowledge the wrath of G-d to be the cause of all their miseries.”
With such acknowledgement, the Psalmist turns to G-d asking Him to be reconciled to His people (v.13) and finally:
And let the beauty of the Lord our G-d be upon us, and establish thou the work of our hands upon us. . .
The prerequisite for the blessing of the Lord is acknowledgment of our own unrighteousness before Him. Country/Bluegrass singer Charlie Daniels wrote in his blog that America will come to its knees, either in prayer or in ruin. Today, as we remember the loss of American lives at the hands of a foreign enemy, we must also acknowledge our responsibility to turn from our own unrighteousness and seek the righteousness of G-d through Y’shuaJesus.
Lord Bless, Keep, Shine. . .