Have Mercy Upon Us O God

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Have Mercy Upon Us O God

 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

 

Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions; According to Your mercy remember me, For Your goodness’ sake, O Lord (Psalm 25:7 NKJV)


This is the cry of David as he acknowledged his sin and his transgressions against the Lord as he was asking the Lord to have mercy on him. If others sin against us, we will cry for justice, will we not? Can you imagine if we pray right after we acknowledged our sin, "Lord, have justice on me" - what will happen to us? But that is not how we pray because we know that He is a good God full of mercy and grace. Instead, we pray David's prayer as quoted from Psalm 25:7 above.

 

Romans 6:23 (NKJV) says, "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." David says, "Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgression". The Bible did not tell us how many years have gone between his youth and the time when he wrote Psalms. Can you imagine that for so many years David had worked for sin and the wages of his sin is death - how can he pay this? David knew the consequences of his sins that were accumulated from his youth. No way he can pay the penalty of his sins, that was why he asked the Lord to not remember the sins of his youth, nor his transgression and he was asking the Lord to have mercy on him, for His goodness sake.

 

Knowing that the penalty for his sin was too great to bear, he again asked the Lord in Psalm 51:1-2 NKJV), "Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin". David asked the Lord to blot out his transgressions according to His mercies and to wash him thoroughly from his iniquity and to cleanse him from his sin. Why did David pray this kind of prayer? Because he knew exactly, unless he was forgiven (his sins He will remember no more - Hebrews 8:12), he would have to pay the penalty of his sins on his own account.

 

Since he was not in a position to pay the penalty of his sin (the penalty of his sin is death), he would forever be condemned in the lake of fire - forever separated from the Lord. Could he escape the lake of fire, if he could pay the penalty of his sin, he could but since he could not pay the penalty of his sin, he will remain in the lake of fire forever. Thanks be to God David put his hope in God and in the coming Messiah to save his soul (see also Psalm 22 - the Messianic Psalm). David belongs to the Old Testament Saints who put their hope in the coming Messiah - they looked forward to the future when Christ will come. For us today we put our faith in the resurrected Christ, who rose from the dead to pay the penalty of sins for those who believe in Him with their hearts.

 

May we all come to the knowledge that Christ is the only Person that opened the way to heaven, for Christ alone can pay the penalty of our sins and our sins He will remember no more (Hebrews 8:12) and He became a bridge that we need to cross if we want to spend our eternity with the Father. Christ is indeed the way, the truth and the life. Amen!!

 

Harry Lee

Pastor

Restoration Christian Church

1900 South Santa Anita Ave.

Arcadia, CA 91006

www.rccla.org