6Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old.
7Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness' sake, O LORD.
What does God remember, and what does God not remember? David asks God to remember his tender mercies and his loving kindnesses, but to remember not the sins of his youth. How can God do that? How can God remember his mercy and love and yet overlook our sins?
God does not overlook our sins; neither does he, in a grandfatherly way, understand that life is rough and pat us on the back and say, it's OK. Sin is not OK; it never has been and never will be OK before God. How then do we understand what David was saying, and why he even thought God would forget his sins? Was David wrong? No!
In God's tender mercy and loving kindness, He sent His only, perfect, righteous, and holy Son, to pay the debt of our sins that we are unable to pay. When we accept God's payment for our sins through Christ, He not only forgets our sins, but He does not see them at all. It is as if they have never even existed!
David did not have a perfect understanding of all of this; he lived centuries before Christ would come, but he did know that the only mercy to be found in this world is the mercy of God. He knew that the only possible absolution of his sins would be from God, and not from any other creature.
As children of God, it is time that we break away from the strong grip this world has upon our lives. We have not been brought into this world so that we can come and make merry, enjoy life, and die. God has an eternal purpose for every single child of God; it is our duty to be about the purpose that God has given to each of us.
Yes, let us ask that God will remember not the sins of our youth, but let us understand that first, those sins have been paid by the blood of Christ, and second, we have been called to live a holy life, set apart for the service of God. The two definitely go hand in hand.
According to the mercy of God, we have an eternal hope, totally beyond all human comprehension. Let us then live in that hope; let us lift up our eyes to heaven and proceed forth, living the life that God has called us to live!
God Bless You,