Have you ever found yourself in a desperate situation? Have you ever pleaded with God to rescue you just this one time, and you will serve Him or perhaps fulfill a promise to Him? Or have you just begged, Remember me, Lord! Remember me, the one who accepted You as a child. The one who prayed to You and worshiped You. Have you messed up so badly or moved so far away from the Lord in your heart that you have almost forgotten Him in your life and you wonder if He has forgotten you as well?
In the book of 1st Samuel, we find a biblical lesson in bullying. A lady named Hannah was married to a man named Elkanah. Elkanah had another wife, Peninnah. Peninnah had children but Hannah didn't have any children. Peninnah would taunt and provoke Hannah because the Lord had given her children and Hannah was barren and unfulfilled. It says that every time Hannah would go to the house of the Lord, Peninnah would torment her to purposely make her miserable.
Hannah was distraught to the point she wouldn't eat. It was during one of these trips to the house of the Lord, that Hannah called out to the Lord in her distress and said to the Lord, Remember Me and look at my situation – don't forget me, I belong to you.
1 Samuel 1:11 says, Then she made a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.”
Her sorrow was so great that the head priest thought she was drunk but she explained to him that she had a sorrowful spirit and she had poured out her soul to the Lord. The priest, Eli, prayed that the Lord would grant her request and in the due process of time, the Lord remembered her affliction and her prayer. She gave birth to the prophet Samuel and fulfilled her vow to give him to the Lord.
Have you ever been a situation that is hopeless in man's eyes and you can't figure out any way of escape or any way to help yourself – so you cry out to the Lord, please remember me and help me? I belong to you Lord!
In the book of Judges, we find the story of Samson. Samson had chosen by God to be a judge and leader in Israel, even before his mother had conceived him. He was a mighty man of God who regularly defeated the enemies of Israel. He had torn a lion apart with his own hands. He could break ropes off of himself and he killed 1,000 men with the jawbone of a donkey. He could break off gates to a city. There was no one as strong as Samson in all the land of Israel.
He was obedient to the Lord in that he had never cut his hair but his heart was adulterous to the Lord because he loved the Philistine women. He strayed from the Lord and soon found himself in a mess as lust and pride entered his heart.
His lust would cause his complete downfall as he fell in love with the beautiful Philistine woman, Delilah. Day after day, she would inquire about the source of his strength and power and each time he would make up an answer. She would test him and then call the Philistine men to fight him, but Samson was too strong and he would over take them.
She would make him weary until finally his lust for Delilah outweighed his love for the Lord and he confessed to her the secret of his power. He told her how he had never cut his hair. After confessing this secret to her, she betrayed him again and the Philistine men quickly came to take him away. He went to fight them as before, expecting the power of the Lord to come on him as it always had, but he didn't know that the Lord had departed from him.
Samson was taken captive by his enemies and he was taken to the palace where his eyes were gouged out. He was chained with bronze fetters and he became a grinder in the prison. But in the process of time, Samson's hair began to grow out. One day, there were about 3,000 men gathered together for an idolatrous feast. They brought Samson out to have him perform.
Samson called out to the Lord, “O Lord God, remember me, I pray! Strengthen me, I pray, just this once, O God, that I may with one blow take vengeance on the Philistines for my two eyes!” And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars which supported the temple, and he braced himself against them, one on his right and the other on his left. Then Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” And he pushed with all his might, and the temple fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. So the dead that he killed at his death were more than he had killed in his life.
When the chastisement of the Lord comes or when we are separated from the Lord due to our sin, our heart calls out to Him to rescue us. It is the cry of the child of God who has taken the wrong path who will call out to the Lord in the same way saying, “Remember me, Oh God!” God will always hear the repentant heart who calls out to Him in desperation.
Luke Chapter 23 tells us the story of when Jesus was crucified on the cross, there were two other criminals there who suffered the punishment of death for their crimes. One of them joined the people who were mocking the Lord. He blasphemed Him by saying “If you are the Christ, save Yourself and us.”
The other criminal rebuked him saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”
And Jesus said to him,“Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
Amazing! This man was the first to enter paradise covered under the blood of the Lord - with his simple cry Remember Me Lord!
Do you find yourself in a desperate situation today? Did your sin move you farther away from God than what you intended? He can rescue you and He can restore the joy of your salvation! There is no need to stay defeated or powerless!! Call out to Him and He will remember you and restore the plans He has for you. He can stand up to the bullies in your life and He can put you back on the narrow path of salvation. His mercy endures forever!