Remember me, O my God, concerning this, and wipe not out my good deeds that I have done for the house of my God…
I. THAT TO MAKE PROVISION FOR MAINTENANCE OF GOD'S WORSHIP AND THE MINISTERS THEREOF IS A WORTHY WORK, AND OF HIGH ESTEEM AND FAVOUR WITH GOD (1 Chronicles 29:17, 18; Deuteronomy 12:19; 2 Kings 4.; Luke 7:3-5; Matthew 10:41; Philippians 4:18; 2 Timothy 1:16-18).
II. THAT GOD REWARDETH THESE AND ALL OUR OTHER GOOD DEEDS AND WORKS NOT FOR ANY MERIT OR WORTHINESS THAT IS IN THEM, BUT OF HIS FREE MERCY AND GOODNESS.
1. The Scriptures encourage us to work in hope of reward (Psalm 19:11; Proverbs 11:18; Matthew 5:11, 12; Matthew 10:41, 42; Luke 6:35; 2 John 8).
2. Whence this reward cometh. "According to Thy great mercy" (Hosea 10:12; Romans 6:23; Psalm 62:12).
III. THAT IT IS LAWFUL TO DO GOOD WORKS WITH RESPECT TO THE RECOMPENSE OF REWARD. It is plain Nehemiah here did so. So did Moses Hebrews 11:25, 26).
(Joseph Mede, B. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Remember me, O my God, concerning this, and wipe not out my good deeds that I have done for the house of my God, and for the offices thereof.