Prepare to listen. Light the 1st purple candle and pray: Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation. (Ps 25:5)
Read: Psalm 25:6-10
6Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. 7Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for your goodness’ sake, O LORD! 8Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in the way. 9He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way. 10All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his decrees.
Three key terms. We know they’re key because the psalmist repeats each of them. The first is remember (‘be mindful of). Do remember your mercy; do remember me; don’t remember the sins of my youth. We all want someone to remember us; and hope no one remembers the sins of our youth. Second, steadfast love, a term related to the word mercy. The English, 'steadfast love,' is an attempted translation of the Hebrew, hesed. I say ‘attempted’ since there is no adequate English word to express the richness of hesed, a word that includes steadfast love, mercy, fidelity, kindness, loyalty. It also describes who God is, merciful, and what God does, gives all things necessary to maintain life-sustaining relationships, with God, others, yourself. The third word, humble, is about our relationship with God, letting God be God in me and in the world; trusting God to accomplish his purposes instead of me attempting to play God.
The three terms, remember, steadfast love and humble, are good ones for our Advent journey. We remember the life of Jesus, offered out of God’s steadfast love, and we respond with humble worship of the One who is greater than any of us.
What would you ask God today to remember and what would you ask him not to remember?
Respond to Jesus in prayer
I give thanks to you, Lord God, for your steadfast loyal faithful love. Help me remember it as I go about my day and seek to walk in humility before you and others. Amen.
Go and live obediently in the world, assured of God’s hesed.