As we continue our meditation and prayer based on Psalm 25, let's consider verses 6-7. As you meditate on these verses, think of how each phrase applies in your own life and express that as you speak to our Heavenly Father. My own prayer, below the scripture, is just an example.
6 Remember, O Lord, Your tender mercies
and Your lovingkindnesses,
For they are from of old.
7 Do not remember the sins of my youth,
nor my transgressions;
According to Your mercy remember me,
For Your goodness’ sake, O Lord.
Father, Thank you for your mercy! You are good, and because I know you are good, I am not afraid. People who think of you as someone who stands threateningly over us, just wanting to zap us with a lightening bolt or fling us into hell do not know you. Your reputation for being loving and kind has been known from ancient times. People have perverted your image out of fear, or to enable themselves to manipulate others in your name.
I am glad you don't hold my youthful mistakes against me. You know I was naive and earnest. I'm grateful you have taught me to see clearer now.
People are slow to forget our youthful errors. It can be hard to forgive ourselves as well. But your mercies, Lord, are new every morning. You want us to learn from past mistakes, but by your mercy, we can be born anew and face the future with a clean slate and a clear conscience.
Thank you for being the God of New Beginnings, through Jesus, who is a perfect depiction of your merciful heart.
Be sure to pause as you pray and allow God to speak to you as well! Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.