“Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love, for they have been from of old.” vs. 6
The psalmist wanted more than anything to have a solid relationship with God. He wanted to walk in the way of truth and righteousness–but he was wondering if he was going to be undone by past transgressions. Would God ultimately remember the sins of his youth and hold them against him? He’d like God to forget about those things and instead look in the mirror. His prayer goes like this, “Remember what you’re like, O Lord! Be mindful of your mercy and steadfast love! That’s how you’ve always been and I really need for you to be that way in dealing with me!” Some of us can relate to that. We have been taught and have come to believe that God is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love. That refrain is a regular part of our liturgy, especially in the season of Lent. And as we consider the tendencies of our hearts and number the ways in which we miss the mark in our daily living, we need God to be the God who was revealed in Jesus. And really, that’s the step of faith that we take in confessing our sins. We’re assuming that God isn’t going to get us for what we’ve done, but will instead bring healing and restoration. And even though there are days when that’s hard to believe, Jesus assures us again and again, that’s the way God really is!
Thought for the Day: At what times am I reminded of my sin?