1 In you, Lord my God, I put my trust. 2 I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me. 3 No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause. 4 Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. 5 Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. 6 Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. 7 Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, Lord, are good. 8 Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. 9 He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. 10 All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful toward those who keep the demands of his covenant. 11 For the sake of your name, Lord, forgive my iniquity, though it is great. 12 Who, then, are those who fear the Lord? He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.[b] 13 They will spend their days in prosperity, and their descendants will inherit the land. 14 The Lord confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them. 15 My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release my feet from the snare. 16 Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. 17 Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish. 18 Look on my affliction and my distress and take away all my sins. 19 See how numerous are my enemies and how fiercely they hate me! 20 Guard my life and rescue me; do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. 21 May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, Lord,[c] is in you. 22 Deliver Israel, O God, from all their troubles!
In verse 7 the psalmist asks God to ‘not remember’, or in other words, to ‘forget’, the sins of his youth and his rebellious ways. Instead of recalling to mind his past sins, the psalmist entreats God, ‘according to your love remember me.’ The NLT expresses it in these terms, ‘Remember me in the light of your unfailing love, for you are merciful, O Lord.’ The NASB says, ‘According to your loving kindness remember me.’ The psalmist is aware that he does not have a clean record. What is interesting to me is that he does not try to hide it, but acknowledges his sin before God, and then relies on God’s goodness. The psalmist puts his trust in God’s kindness, mercy and love.
Do I approach God in this way? Do I boldly entreat God to forget my past sins and remember me according to His love and kindness? Do I recall that the blood of Jesus washes me clean of my sin? Do I myself drag up memories of old sins, or do I bring to mind Jesus on the cross? What am I forgetting and what am I remembering?
God, please help me to meditate upon the sufficiency of the cross and the truth that because of Jesus you remember me according to your love. Amen!
Written by Beth Waugh