Psalms 25:6




Psalms 25:6-7 says, “Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy loving kindnesses; for they have been ever of old. Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness sake, O LORD.” Some things should be remembered. And some things should be forgotten. Just as Christ forgets our sins, we should remember His tender mercies. It may in fact do little good to forget your own sins if you do not remember the tender mercies of God.  The tender mercies and the loving kindnesses of God have been ever of old. Jesus Christ is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Therefore, His tender mercies and His loving kindnesses have always and will always be. That is why even when we fail to remain faithful to him, Jesus never fails to remain faithful to the promises He has given us. Second Timothy 2:13 says, “if we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.” The word “mercy” here is a word that elsewhere is translated “womb.” Genesis 49:25, “Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb.”


The kind of affection, love, and compassion that a mother has for her child as she nurtures it in the womb and after it is born as she feeds it upon her breasts, this is the kind of mercy being talked about: tender mercy. No one will ever love a little child as much as that child’s own mother. No one will ever love God’s children as much as God will. God is love. Luke 13:34, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not


The word “lovingkindness” implies a mercy with zeal, a zealous and passionate mercy. God is not just merciful; he is very passionate about giving mercy to people. This is because God is love. This is the reason that Christ suffered so much in the flesh and became sin for us: because of His passionate mercy in providing a way for men to have forgiveness for sin. There must be judgment for sin. But there can be forgiveness because in the Holiness of God Christ was punished for my sins and for yours.


The suffering, the sorrow, and the death that is a part of this life is all because of sin. It began with Adam and Eve, and “…the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now”. (Romans 8:22) Despite these things the tender mercies and the loving kindnesses of God are what make this life bearable. What a horrible destiny then awaits those whom reject Jesus Christ as their Savior because their eternity will be spent in the lake of fire. When you reject Jesus of Nazareth as your Savior, you are rejecting the tender mercies and the loving kindnesses of God.


Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions. When men repent of their sins and turn to Jesus, Jesus forgets their sins. They are blotted out. That is what justification means: “just as if I have not sinned.” Sometimes the most foolish things and the greatest mistakes are made by men when they are young. Young men are often more tempted by the snares of the world and the pleasures of the flesh. Young men are impatient. Most young men have not learned how to wait on God or to have faith in his promises, which results in many bad choices and sin. But such mistakes, no matter how great they can be, are forgotten in the mind of Christ when confessed to him. This is the tender mercy and the loving kindness of God. Sometimes when men do wrong, if those wrong things are very horrible, other men never forget them no matter how many years go by. It can be hard for men to forgive because they are men and the flesh is weak. It can be very hard to forgive those who have wronged you greatly and caused you great suffering. Yet Christ does so. He forgets the sins of our youth despite all the suffering it has caused him because He has tender mercies and He has loving kindnesses. This is why even if the whole world hates you; you can find peace in the cross of Christ. Acts 3:19 says, “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;” Because of the tender mercies and loving kindness of God, sin can be blotted out.


“Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions says the first half of Psalms 25:7. The word “transgression” is an interesting word. The word is found in the previous verse of Psalms 25:3, “Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause.” In the Hebrew, however, it is not the same word used in verse 3 as in verse 7. Transgression means sin. In verse 3 the idea is that of unfaithfulness or a lack of faith. In verse 7 the idea is that of rebellion. Young men tend to be more impatient and self-willed. Following Christ means learning to trust in His promises, waiting on Him, and following His will not your own. His grace is greater than our sin. It does not matter how many or how great are the transgressions of your youth. The tender mercies and the loving kindness of God will always be there for you as a child of the King, as a joint-heir of Christ. There is no such thing as a Christian who has failed too much that they no longer have the opportunity to use their spiritual gifts in the service for Jesus.


Psalms 25:7, “according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness sake, O LORD.” The word “goodness” used here means prosperity and gladness. Jesus said, “I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly.” Prosperity refers to possessions. Gladness refers to fullness of joy in the heart. Ephesians 1:3 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ


You may or may not be given a physical life that is filled with physical wealth, health, and possessions; but the things of this world are temporary and pass away. Those who repent of their sins and turn to Jesus for forgiveness will receive all spiritual blessings: eternal life in the presence of God, a glorified body, redemption from a corrupt nature, the wiping away of all sorrow and suffering, and many more things that God has prepared for His children in eternity which have not even entered into the heart of man. God does not forget his promises. The goodness of God is something that God in the good pleasure of His will is looking forward with loving kindness to give unto His children. Because a saved person is a joint-heir with Christ, there are certain blessings that are guaranteed spiritually. Yet there is so much more to the goodness of God than just that which is promised through salvation. There are rewards to be earned in the service for Christ. The only thing that can keep you from earning rewards is not failure but rather failure to repent when you do fail.


God loves all men, not just His children. The Day of Judgment is not in this life, but in the next. Therefore, for those who have not yet repented of their sins, there is still the opportunity to do so and to receive the full goodness of God through Jesus Christ His Son. Psalms 25:8-9 says, “Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way. The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.” God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. Jesus wants to teach sinners in the way. To do this requires a human being be repentant of their sins. The meek will he guide in judgment. Therefore, God has given His Word that we may learn the way and that we may be guided in judgment.


In this verse we see the word “teach.” In Psalms 25:5 we saw the word teach: “Lead me in thy truth, and teach me.” This word in verse 9 is not the same word as used in verse 5. In verse 5 the word used means to beat as with a rod or to train a recruit as for war.  In verse 9 the word “teach” is issued with the idea of referring to the effort that God is going to give. Psalm 64:7, “But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded.” Here the word is translated shoot. God is going to do the teaching. But you must give the effort to study His Word. The meek will he guide in judgment. Good and upright is the LORD; therefore, will he teach sinners in the way. God is willing to teach sinners. All men are sinners. God is putting forth His maximum effort that can be given by an infinite, all powerful and all mighty God. Even so, God does not make men repent of their sins. They must choose to repent, and to turn to Jesus Christ for forgiveness and salvation from eternal fire.



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