Help Me Remember

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This song was written during a time of struggle with besetting sin. Christians are forgiven sinners, and even after becoming born again into God's family and having their debts forgiven with a full pardon struggle with ongoing sin and the proper response to it. God tells us that "if we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9) But we often fail to take our sins to God and truly repent - often out of the feeling that what we've done is inexcusable; we simply feel too dirty and guilty and unworthy of God's love. But that's the very place God wants to show us the magnitude of His grace. Even though we continue to commit acts of treason which (symbolically) nailed Jesus to the cross, He still continues to love us and demonstrated that by giving His Son to be slain on the cross. Because that has been accomplished God has promised to be for us, to never be angry again no matter how low we fall in sin. Praise God for His saving grace! The chorus is based on 2 Peter 1:9 which says that believers who are lacking godliness are "blind or short-sighted, having forgotten [their] purification from [their] former sins."

Lyrics

Verse 1:
Lord, here I come to You again,
Ashamed at how I've failed;
Forgetting that this very sin
To Jesus' cross is nailed.
This path of sin has taken me
To darkness and disgrace;
Forgiven, I look back and see
An arrow of Your grace.

Chorus:
Lord, help me remember
You've purified me from my sin
For I've been short-sighted
And I've forgotten yet again;
So help me remember,
And help me embrace
Your glorious gospel of grace.

Verse 2:
My wickedness seems far too deep,
My guilt and shame too great
That You would love someone like me
Who still has shown You hate.
But I forget the Lamb was slain
To turn Your wrath away;
And now Your grace alone remains
Each time I go astray.

Bridge:
Convince me every debt is paid,
Your wrath has all been spent,
You're ready to forgive
Each time that I repent.
(REPEAT)

Chorus:
Lord, help me remember
You've purified me from my sin
For I've been short-sighted
And I've forgotten yet again;
So help me remember,
Your glorious gospel...
So help me remember,
Your glorious gospel...
So help me remember,
Your glorious gospel of grace.


Words and Music by David L. Ward.
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[...] It is not impossible, to be joyful always that is. Joy is an emotion. It is said that “emotions are felt by the soul, but feelings are mere temporal reactions to situations”. That is to say, you can feel both an emotion and a feeling at the same time- an example would be joyfulness through sadness, you rejoice that God works even though you are sad that a particular situation has to turn out this way. Then let me ask you this- where does joy derive from? Joy does not come before faith and love, no; you have to first be assured of God’s character and His presence before you can truly love God with your whole being. We know that God is good and above all things, and He will not test us beyond what we can bear- but do we take into consideration that God will stretch us to just before the breaking point, in situations? It is through these trials that endurance, character and hope is produced. We have joy when the promises of God are fulfilled, we have joy when God brings us through trials because then it is shown to us that God is greatest, we have joy through conflicts and hardships because only through God’s hand are all situations resolved in the way of His will. Because we are to have joy in abundance stemming from the faith of the steadfast character and love of Christ Jesus, because our joy will then be made complete in thankfulness of how God wants us to grow through every situation to become more like Him. Lord, help me remember You’ve purified me from my sin For I’ve been short-sighted And I’ve forgotten yet again; So help me remember, And help me embrace Your glorious gospel of grace. - Help me remember [...]
I found out about this website from a friend of mine who listens to your songs in her car. I listen to them at night because it turns my mind back to the Lord instead of letting me dwell on all the issues from my day.
This song is especially meaningful to me, because I can so easily dwell on my sins, thinking "how can the Lord still love me, this is the tenth time this week I've done this, and I am such a bad person" instead of embracing what He has already done for me, and living in the joy of my salvation. It truly is a glorious Gospel of Grace! Halelujah!
Thank you, these songs have been a blessing to me.
Kelsey G.
» Kelsey on April 22nd, 2009