Questions, Questions, Questions – Am I forgivable?
Psalm 25: 1-12 (NRSV)
1 To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
2 O my God, in you I trust;
do not let me be put to shame;
do not let my enemies exult over me.
3 Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame;
let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.
4 Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
teach me your paths.
5 Lead me in your truth, and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all day long.
6 Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love,
for they have been from of old.
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!
8 Good and upright is the Lord;
therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
9 He leads the humble in what is right,
and teaches the humble his way.
10 All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,
for those who keep his covenant and his decrees.
11 For your name’s sake, O Lord,
pardon my guilt, for it is great.
12 Who are they that fear the Lord?
He will teach them the way that they should choose.
Am I forgivable?
Are you forgivable?
Are those you detest forgivable?
Are those you love forgivable?
The psalmist sings of trusting God and seeking guidance from God in all things. The psalmist sings of turning away from the mistakes of youth and reconciliation with a loving God.
In our mind’s eye, the mistakes of our youth might be long behind us, or we might still be making them. In our mind’s eye the mistakes of our youth are a particular type of mistake, but mistakes are not limited to the person we used to be, we still make them and we still need reconciled to God through admitting our mistakes and turning back to God and seeking forgiveness. Seeking forgiveness for hurting God, but also for hurting each other, the others that we know and the others than we don’t.
The psalmist sings of God’s love overcoming the mistake he has made, and that is the truth. There is no elaboration anywhere in the Bible about what mistakes can and cannot be forgiven, and all through the Bible we are shown a God whose love is big enough to enfold anyone who comes before him.
Am I forgivable? Yes.
Are you forgivable? Yes.
Are those you detest forgivable? Yes.
Are those you love forgivable? Yes.
Turn back to God, with a true desire to change and you can and will be forgiven.
When I ask – "Am I forgivable?”
Show me your forgiveness in acts of
Hope, justice and love.
Help me to forgive others as I am forgiven
And guide me to respond
With hope, justice and love
So your Love is known now.