For this also remember me, O my God, and have compassion on me according to the greatness of Your lovingkindness.
Nehemiah was zealous for the things of God. He was adamant that the people be faithful and obedient, that the priests be pure and godly, that those surrounding be respectful of their beliefs and ordinances. He tirelessly worked to restore
and the temple. He asked God to
remember and have compassion on him. Jerusalem
I don’t know if there was something particular he was concerned about, or if this was a general plea over his life. The text does not reference anything here, but it shows his trust in God’s goodness and compassion. I do not think that he was asking for God to grant him compassion because of what he had done, but rather to grant it in spite of that. (most other translations do not include “for this also”) Nothing we do, no matter how good we are, is good enough. Nothing we do could earn God’s compassion. Because of that we are all the more in need of His compassion. Even the most holy saint is in dire need of God’s mercy and grace. But God is gracious and merciful, abounding in compassion. We don't have to earn or deserve His compassion. He has compassion on us in spite of ourselves. Praise the Lord!