Read: Psalm 25:1-22
Consider: Psalm 25 starts with the words: In you, Lord my God, I put my trust (Psalm 25:1). From verses 4-7 and 16-20 the psalmist speaks of God doing certain things for him, not because he deserves it, but because of who God is. I’ll mention a few, but it would be worthwhile making a list of your own as you read the psalm. You could then pick out two or three things that you feel are significant to your walk with God and pray through these matters, trusting God for the outcome.
I was particularly struck by the following:
- Guide me in your truth and teach me (25:5) – while seeking knowledge from God we all have to be teachable. If we have a tendency to think we already know all the answers, it is likely that we would be unteachable;
- Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love (25:6) – no matter how long we have been a Christian, it is important that we take time to reflect on the evidence for God’s mercy and love throughout the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation;
- Do not remember the sins of my youth (25:7) – the juxtaposition of ‘Remember’ (v6) and ‘Do not remember’ (v7) are significant. Once we have committed our lives to Jesus Christ, God will not remember our former sins and will not remind us of them when we are weak and give in to temptation. If we are honest we all have things in our past that we regret, things that the impetuous and reckless nature of youth is so easily tempted by. It is only because of God’s great love and mercy (v7), that he wipes the slate clean and he sees us as ‘children of God … clothed … with Christ’ (Galatians 3:26-27).
Reading this psalm should be a great encouragement to each of us, as it looks back and sees God’s great love and mercy demonstrated across time, but also recognises that it is undiminished and is available to us today. If you have made a list of the things in the psalm that have struck you, take them to God in prayer. If you have any regrets about your youth, let the knowledge that, once forgiven, God does not remember them work its way into your heart and soul. There is no reason to feel guilty, because if you have accepted Christ as Saviour and Lord the price for your sin has been fully paid. As the Apostle Paul says in his letter to the Romans: Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:1-2).
All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful towards those who keep the demands of his covenant (Psalm 25:10).
Pray: Father, help us to lay our previous sinful lives at the foot of the cross, accepting your forgiveness. May the knowledge that Christ fully paid the price for our sin and has taken upon himself its penalty, encourage us to live without guilt or regret. Amen
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