Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O Lord! Psalm 25:6-7 ESV
Does it strike you strange that David asks God to remember mercy as if he were shaking God by the shoulder to wake Him, and remind Him of His love? But as if that wasn’t odd enough, consider David’s next request. “And by the way God while you are remembering mercy just please be sure to NOT remember my sins!” But before dismissing David’s seemingly impertinent request, remember that the Holy Spirit inspired his prayer. Here He is showing us the mystery of balancing God’s capacity to remember even the most intimate details about us with His choosing to forget our sin. Right now He is inviting you to ask Him both to remember and forget. What once was a mystery is now called the gospel of His steadfast love and mercy which He offers through the cross of Jesus to all who will dare to believe!