When I first read Psalm 25 I saw that there are a couple of words that are repeated: “wait” and “remember” are the two I want to focus on because they are so applicable during this holiday season.
First let’s read about waiting. If you skip down to verse five you will see David’s definition of “wait.” According to David, to wait on the Lord is 1) to be led by His truth, 2) be taught by Him and 3) to believe that He is your salvation. This Christmas season is all about waiting – waiting on the second coming of your salvation, but being led and taught by Him in the mean time. However, culture has turned this season into anything but waiting. With Cyber Monday there are now no lines to wait in. With grocery pick-up there is no waiting on other people. With instant pot cookers there is no waiting on the food. Our world has done everything possible to remove waiting from our lives, but David reminds us of the benefits of waiting on the Lord. The greatest news is back up in verse three. Any of us who wait on the Lord will not be put to shame. Our waiting is not in vain. It will be more than worth it when we stand next to our Savior when He returns for us. In this season, what is something you can do to make sure you are not trying to “wait” as little as possible? What can you do to be led by Him, be taught by Him and to believe in His salvation? One thing we can do is what David talks about next: remember.
If you look at the occurrences of the word “remember” in this chapter you will notice that David isn’t talking about himself remembering, he is actually asking the Lord to remember. In verses six and seven we see that David is asking the Lord to remember His mercy and steadfast love and to not remember David’s sins. This is a time of confession for David. He is confessing his own shortcomings and confessing God’s goodness and mercy. According to the world, repentance and confession should be the last thing on our minds this holiday season. The world says we should make a list of the things we want and that we should accept our own selfishness, at least for the next month. We should indulge and spend money on ourselves, make lists of what we want, and make decisions based on what we think is best. But let us be like David and not get caught up in the material things. May we not think selfishness is okay for this period of time. Instead, may we use it as a time that we come to God, asking Him to remember His mercy with us. May we use this time to confess to God our sins and ask Him to not remember them anymore. May this season be a season of remembrance in many ways.
So, over the next 22 days I challenge you to wait expectantly on Jesus. To wait on His return for the second coming and to reflect on what it was like to wait on His birth. The Messiah has come and we wait for Him to come again.
Also, during the next 22 days I challenge you to ask God to remember. Ask Him to remember His mercy on your life. We all need it. In fact, we might need it more in this Christmas season than in other seasons. Ask Him to remember our sins no more and to forgive us according to His wonderful grace.
End your time this morning with a prayer, asking the Lord to bless your waiting and confessing your sins and your need for His mercy.
For further reading check out the word “consider” toward the end of Psalm 25. It is repeated multiple times and has a lot to teach us during this Christmas season.