Scripture: Psalm 25
Key verse: (7) “Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love, remember me, for your goodness’ sake, O LORD!”
Reflection: During the worship service at a recent Presbytery meeting, the leader called us to confession by saying, “We do not confess because God does not know who we are, but because we do not know who we are, and we trust that when we are honest with God, that God will bring us back to ourselves.”
I wonder if she might have taken her cues from Psalm 25:7, which is a prayer that God would remember who the psalmist really is, rather than reducing him to the worst things he’s ever done or the mistakes he’s made along the way. It may be our human tendency to do this to ourselves and to others, but the psalmist’s intuition and hope is that God sees beyond these things, and still desires to be in relationship with us. Even when we have lost our way, and along with it, a sense of our truest identity as beloved children of God, God remembers who we are. God always remembers who we are.
Professor and activist, Bryan Stevenson, who works for justice for those who are wrongfully incarcerated, says that, “Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.” I think that’s how God thinks of us. We are seen through the eyes of mercy. We are loved even though we do not deserve it. We are remembered for who we truly are: those who belong to – and are treasured by – the God who created and redeemed us.
Prayer: O God, when I begin to think that I am beyond hope, when I cannot see past my failures and all of the mistakes I have made, when I begin to think that I am the worst thing I have ever done, remember me. See me. Remind me. For I belong to you, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Author: Anna Dickson
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].