Bless the Lord, O my soul,   
And all that is within me,   
bless His holy name.   
Bless the Lord, O my soul,   
And forget none of His benefits.   
- Psalms 103:1-2   
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Value Of Remembrance

Reminders can be of a great benefit or value to us in our daily walk. The children of Israel were instructed to make tassels on the corners of their garments and to put a blue thread in the tassels of the corners. These tassels were to be incorporated into all their clothing which they wore. As you were putting your clothes on and when you were walking or doing your daily chores these tassels would be seen. One would also notice the tassels on others as they met them in the ways. We are told by the Lord what the purpose would be for observing this statute. “That you may look upon it and remember all the commandments of the Lord and do them and that you may not follow the harlotry to which your own heart and your own eyes are inclined and that you may remember and do all My commandments and be holy for your God” Numbers 15:37-41 (NKJV). When they looked upon the tassels it was to bring a special reflection and reminder to them. The tassels were nothing in and of themselves- just pieces of corded material, but it was what was to be brought to their remembrance when they look upon them that was of most importance and of upmost value. We have the 250 censers in Numbers 16:35-40 being hammered into plates as a covering for the altar for a sign, for a memorial, for a reminder to the children of Israel of the sin which took place. Again, the censers were just metal items but the purpose of the covering was to bring remembrance to the people. We have had the past sermons from Joshua 4:4-7 of the 12 stones as a sign to others. The stones were to be a memorial to the children of Israel. Again, they were just stones, just rocks but there was to be a remembrance of what the Lord had done to the waters of the Jordan as they and their children viewed the stones. The cross is just a structure made out of wood but we reflect on the remembrance of what that cross represents. We sing songs teaching and admonishing one another of what that cross brings to our minds and thus a reminder of our Lord’s death and what it accomplished. In Galatians 6:14 Paul said that he would glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. There is great value and benefit in remembrance.

- Larry Bumgardner