1. Judges 16:28 (ESV)
  2. Exposition

What is good about Samson’s prayer?

Judges 16:28 (ESV)

28 Then Samson called to the LORD and said, “O Lord GOD, please remember me and please strengthen me only this once, O God, that I may be avenged on the Philistines for my two eyes.”

Samson begins his prayer with O Lord GOD. GOD is in all capital letters, and it translates the Hebrew Yahweh. O Lord Yahweh. Yahweh is God’s covenant name. So we are off to a good start! It is seldom that a judge used the covenant name of the Lord! So this is promising! Finally Samson is turning to the Lord in humility and faith. He then pleads, Please remember me. Samson does not think the Lord has forgotten him. In the Old Testament, to remember means not simply to think about someone but to act on their behalf. According to Exodus 2:24, the exodus happened because God "remembered his covenant with Abraham.” Remembrance in such a passage means being faithful to a relationship by fulfilling the obligations in that relationship. Samson means, Take note of me! It’s an appeal for the Lord to act because of his special relationship with Samson, the Nazirite (Judges 13:5).