They are derived from 1 Samuel 1:19 which says,
“Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the Lord and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah made love to his wife Hannah, and the Lord remembered her.”
You can click the scripture link above the read the entire story of God’s faithfulness. The phrase ‘remembered’ in Hebrew is Zakar.
It is used again in Psalm 8:4 which says,
“what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?”
- to remember, recall, call to mind
- (Qal) to remember, recall
- (Niphal) to be brought to remembrance, be remembered, be thought of, be brought to mind
- Synonym: to be mindful
I find it interesting that remembrance for humans means we recollect information. At some point that information was important but eventually it was replaced with more pressing or recent matters. We depend on prompts or triggers to remind us of things we’d since become distracted from. For us, remembrance is in relation to the past.
It is remarkable for God to remember us because He never forgets anything. There is so much going on the world. There are so many people and each person has more than enough problems of their own. However God remains mindful of us. Our prayers, situations, desires, deeds, and even our thoughts are constantly on the mind of God.
Thus when he ‘remembers’ us, I picture all of our musings spread out on a table before Him. When God remembers us, He is choosing which of our musings to personally address right now. There’s power, patience, and wisdom in the fact that God chooses to have his divinity meet our frailty in specific ways. He does all things in perfect timing. For God, remembrance is a present and continual thing.
He never misses anything. He remembers the promises He’s made that we may have even forgotten.
Zakar posts will be made fairly often to help us not recollect God as though he were an object we’ve misplaced. These posts are meant to help us be mindful as we walk and commune with God. You are mindful of people you do life with. Let us do life with God.