“Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, Lord, are good.Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.” Psalm 25:6-8
In these verses, David was talking to God about remembering several things. First, he was pleading that God would remember His great mercy and love. We need God’s mercy. We need His love. Without those, our world would not hold together. God’s loving mercy keeps us in His hands. John 3:16 tells us that God loved our world so much that He sent Jesus to be our Savior. It is the ultimate in love and mercy.
Secondly, David asked God NOT to remember. When we look back over our lives we know we’re sinners. We can begin to enumerate the things we’ve done wrong, lies, hateful words, secret sins. We can remember lots of them. But when we come to the Lord and ask Him to forgive us, He does. Isaiah 43:25 tells us that He remembers our sins no more.
Thirdly, David asked God to remember him. Once again, we look at the book of Isaiah to see that God never forgets us. Isaiah 49:15-16 tells us this: “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands...”
He remembers His love and mercy.
When we ask God for forgiveness He does NOT remember our sins.
He does remember us. We are engraved on His hands.
This is really good news.
Dear Jesus, thank You so much that You remember Your love and mercy to me, but You do not remember my sins any longer.