Psalm 7: The tongue is a fire. O beloved, the sins of your youth, though you should be Jobs converted, yet they will bring great disquietness and great horror when you come to age. 7 Do not remember f the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions; g According to Your mercy remember me, For Your goodness' sake, O LORD. It is not safe to be at odds with the "Ancient of days." So then the sense of his words sound thus, Remember not, Lord, the sins of my youth, that is, Lord, lighten and lessen the afflictions which lie upon me in this mine old age, justly inflicted on me for my youthful sins. Compare Psalm 6:4; and Psalm 25:7. “May integrity and uprightness preserve me,” says Psalm 25:21. Those offences which we remember with repentance God forgets, but if we forget them, justice will bring them forth to punishment. Remember not the sins of my youth. Deal with me indeed according to thy nature and character; but let the attribute of mercy be that which will be the guide rather than the attribute of justice. Therefore, in the final analysis, the psalmist’s belongingness to God is a result not only of the psalmist’s choice to offer life to God, but also a result of God’s willingness to forgive. "Fifty years," was the old man's reply. Thou hast a merciful nature; deal with me according to that, and for the sake of that, "according to thy mercy," "for thy … Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. Original sin, in which he was born, and the breakings forth of corrupt nature in infancy, he brought into the world with him, together with all the youthful lusts and vanities to which that age is addicted; and sometimes the sins of youth are in some persons remembered by God, and punished in old age; and if not, they are brought to remembrance through the … That is, that God would think of him not in terms of his own sin but rather in terms of God’s loyal covenant love toward him. (first clause). Let thy goodness, then, be the motive, thy mercy the rule of all that grace, and of all those blessings you vouchsafe unto my soul. The deliverance may have been one of those under Nehemiah (Nehemiah 4:7-23; Nehemiah 6:2-16). Psalms 25:7. But it is Psalms 25:7 , I pitch on; there he doth not content himself only with this expression, According to thy mercy, but he adds another phrase, "For thy mercy's sake," and goodness sake. David did next use it (Psalm 25), and in the great case of his sin and adultery Psalms 51:1 , "that he would be merciful to him, according to the multitude of his mercies." It’s the very world of iniquity. It is the mark of a true saint that his sorrows remind him of his sins, and his sorrow for sin drives him to his God. The lusts of youth, and the vanities of youth, and the sensual pleasures of your youthful days, they will lay a foundation of sorrow when you come to gray hairs to be near your graves. With the tongue, men simultaneously bless God and curse those made in his image. Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness' sake, O LORD. In light of his repeated references to his sins, including the sins of his youth, he must have been older. Psalm 25:7 Translation & Meaning. Verse 7. How could David's soul in his youth be sooty with sin, which was constantly scoured with suffering? Psalms 25:7 - Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; According to Your lovingkindness remember me, For Your goodness' sake, O Lord . Psalms 25:8 Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way. The first was poverty. Psalms 149:1. According to thy mercy. how do they involve the Godhead? To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul. Compare Psalm 25:16-18. Only the lapse of years makes us dispassionate judges of our earlier selves. He will always send us help. # This psalm is a Hebrew acrostic poem; each verse begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet.A psalm of David.O Lord, I give my life to you.I trust in you, my God!Do not let me be disgrac This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. Remember not the sins of my youth; let them not move thee to punish or be avenged on me for them; as men, when they remember injuries, seek to be avenged on those who have done them. Praise ye the Lord. O my God, in You I [have unwavering] trust [and I rely on You with steadfast confidence],Do How large a tear may wet this page as some of us reflect upon the past! "Who can tell how oft he offends?" According to THY mercy, not mine; for I have forsaken those mercies thou madest mine own Jonah 2:8 Psalms 59:10 Psalms 59:17 , in being cruel to myself by my sin, through distrust of thy promise, and upon presumption in thy mercy; yea, let it be, for THY goodness' sake, not mine, for in me, that is, in my flesh, dwelleth no manner of thing that is good. of Salem Media Group. And I report the rest to be acted with shame, sorrow, and silence in every man's conscience. 1 [Of David] ADORATION I offer, Yahweh, 2 to you, my God. Psalms 33:3). David, after he was called by the power of the word, cries out, "Lord, remember not," etc., that gravelled and galled his conscience, the sins of his youth before his call. We can’t be certain about David’s circumstances in this psalm. Robert Mossom. Now David was guilty afterward in that grand transgression of Bathsheba and Uriah, which might in the extremity of justice have made all his youthful sins to be punished afresh upon him. Since his sin with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband led to the events of Absalom’s revolt, it probably was written during that episode.Note David’s situation: He has treacherous enemies that are seeking to exult in his demise (vv. Show me how you work, GOD; School me in your ways. Sincere penitents cannot get through their confessions at a gallop; they are constrained to use many bemoanings, for their swarming sins smite them with so innumerable griefs. The most advanced believer both needs and desires to be taught of God. Verse 7. Lord, pass an act of oblivion for all my sins, and especially for the hot blooded wanton follies of my younger years. The psalm would seem to have been composed for a special thanksgiving service. Lastly, grant David certainly assured of the pardon of his youthful sins, yet God's servants may pray for those blessings they have in possession, not for the obtaining of that they have -- that is needless -- but for the keeping of what they have obtained, that is necessary. The question then will be this, How could that water be corrupted which was daily clarified? Before we come to the principal point we must first clear the text from the incumbrance of a double objection. It is a wonderful display of the heart of a well-taught believer in a season of crisis. Isaiah 48:11 . Verse 7. Yet despite this trust, the text is a cry of desperation." Proud member Verse 1&2 To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul. Psalm 25 teaches us not to stop believing in God just because life becomes hard. Verse 7. The first is this: -- It may seem (some may say) very improbable that David should have any sins of his youth, if we consider the principals whereupon his youth was past. These foes are many in number and they hate David with violence (v. 19). A David Psalm My head is high, GOD, held high; I’m looking to you, GOD; No hangdog skulking for me. Sing unto the Lord a new song. Psalm 25 is about the right road. According to thy mercy remember thou me, for thy goodness' sake, O Lord! Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, LORD, are good. Each of the verses begin with successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Moses was the first that brought up this happy expression, According to thy mercy (I know not where it is used by any other man), that is, according to the infinite mercy that is in thy heart and nature. These recollected sins apparently pressed upon his mind all through the psalm, and were the main reason of the supplications which occur in it. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] David prays about those things he does not want the Lord to remember, as opposed to those he does want Him to remember. When I was in seminary Will Willimon used to talk a lot about how strange it was to serve communion to the parishioners of his church when he truly knew what was going on in their lives. He who presumes upon his youth is poisoning his old age. Two aged disciples, one eighty-seven years old, one day met. California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. The world winks at the sins of younger men, and yet they are none so little after all; the bones of our youthful feastings at Satan's table will stick painfully in our throats when we are old men. (The psalm does not name these particular items—they are examples from other parts of the Bible.) Expect not that I should tell you the particular sins, when he could not tell his own. Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions. "Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou [art] the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the … said he, and the tears trickled down his furrowed cheeks; "I weep when I think of the sins of my youth; it is this which makes me weep now." Thirdly, piety Psalms 71:5 , "For thou art my hope, O Lord God; thou art my trust from my youth." 25:1-7 In worshipping God, we must lift up our souls to him. David and the dying thief breathe the same prayer, and doubtless they grounded it upon the same plea, viz., the free grace and unmerited goodness of Jehovah. According to thy mercy remember thou me - Deal with me, not according to strict justice, but according to mercy. Cross References Job 13:26 For You write bitter things against me, And make me inherit the iniquities of my youth. Psalm 25 7 David then asks God to remember or think about him in a certain way. According to thy mercy - As it is worthy of thy mercy to act according to the measure, the greatness, and general practice of thy mercy; so give me an abundant pardon, a plentiful salvation. This is why, as you read this psalm, each verse seems to contain a complete thought reading like a proverb or wise saying. Psalm 25.7 Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for your goodness’ sake, O Lord! Naturally, David does not want the Lord to remember the sins he committed as a young man. Or, how can David's sins be known to me, which he confesseth were unknown to himself, which made him say, "O Lord, cleanse me from secret sins"? Secondly, though God had forgiven David's sins so far forth as to pardon him eternal damnation, yet he had not remitted unto him temporal afflictions which perchance pressing upon him at this present, he prayeth in this Psalm for the removing or mitigating of them. The most advanced believer both needs and desires to be taught of God. And again in the seventeenth verse of the same Psalm, "O God, thou hast taught me from my youth:" David began to be good betimes, a young saint, and yet crossed that pestilent proverb, was no old devil. Thomas Fuller. We must do things God's way. Preaching Psalm 25:1-10 Even as our government and church seek a plan for fiscal prosperity, Psalm 25 provides a plan for prospering in God. Secondly, painfulness. The mediation of that attribute was the foundation of his faith and prayer herein. Even so, it is clear that the psalmist has not succeeded in doing consistently what God wants done (Psalm 25:7, 11, 18). But the answer is easy; for though David for the main were a man after God's own heart (the best transcript of the best copy), yet he, especially in his youth, had his faults and infirmities, yea, his sins and transgressions. We dare not ask to have our portion measured from the balances of justice, but we pray to be dealt with by the hand of mercy. | 1,539 views. So Job 20:11 . Exodus 34:6 Exodus 34:7 . A Psalm of David. This may seem but a superfluous prayer of David; for whereas in charity it may and must be presumed that David long since had begged pardon for his youthful sins, that upon his begging God hath granted it, that upon his granting God never revoked it. And what is more still, he was constantly in the furnace of affliction. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. The true significance of the present is not revealed in the present. It is certain that none who, by a believing attendance, wait on God, and, by a believing hope, wait for him, shall be ashamed of it. (e) He confesses that his many sins were the reason that his enemies persecuted him, desiring that the cause of the evil may be taken away, so that the effect may cease. Remember not the sins of my youth. Verse 7. He refers to that name proclaimed before Moses. Psalm 25 Background Psalm 25 is an acrostic poem. Psalms 88:15 . John Calvin. Thirdly, God's pardon for sins past, is ever granted with this condition, that the party so pardoned is bound to his good behaviour for the time to come, which if he breaks, he deserves in the strictness of justice for forfeit the benefit of his pardon. What Psalm 25 means Psalm 25:1 - 7 First, though David no doubt long since had been truly sorrowful for his youthful sins, yet he was sensible in himself that if God would be extreme to mark what was done amiss, though he had repented of those sins, yet he had sinned in that his repentance. Compare Psalm 25:16-18. Compare Psalm 6:4; and Psalm 25:7. "For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it." Verse 7. It’s the traitors who should be humiliated. 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