Remember Me, (2)
“Great are thy tender mercies, O LORD:
quicken me according to thy judgments.”
Psalm 119: 156, KJV
The thief hanging from his cross cried out to Jesus—the man on the middle cross— “Remember me …” In his tender mercies, the Lord remembered the thief, promising him a place in paradise.
The only way we can be remembered and made alive in the Lord—quickened—according to his judgments, is by receiving his gracious gift, full of his tender mercies, through Jesus Christ.
“Not by works of righteousness we have done,
but according to his mercy
he saved us,
by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost:”
Titus 3:5, KJV
Mercy meets righteousness on the cross of Jesus Christ.
Not by works of righteousness we have done,
“The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed … (Ps. 103:6
“Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3: 22-23, KJV
We, in our sin, are the oppressed. God’s judgment upon us is death. Because of the Lord’s tender mercies, he has reversed that judgment on those who by faith believed Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, who took our judgment of death and has given us life.
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” 2 Corinthians 5: 21, KJV
… but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost
- The LORD is merciful and gracious,
- slow to anger,
- and plenteous in mercy.
- He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.
- He hath not dealt with us after our sins;
- nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
For as the heaven is high above the earth,
so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
As far as the east is from the west,
so far hath he removed our transgressions from us …
the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting
upon them that fear him,
and his righteousness unto children’s children;
To such as keep his covenant,
and to those that remember his commandments to do them …
Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion:
bless the LORD, O my soul.”
Psalm 103: 6, 8-12; 17-18, 22, KJV
Who receives the tender mercies of our Lord? According to his word, his righteous judgments—
- Those who come to the knowledge of their need for mercy and by faith in Jesus Christ, ask to receive his mercy.
- Those who fear the Lord, believing he is righteous, has carried out his righteous judgment in Christ’s death, and will carry it out in both the believer and the unbelieving—one to eternal life and one to eternal judgment.
We who have received the tender mercies of the Lord(which all have, including those who do not recognize this gracious gift) let us—
“Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
- Who forgiveth all thine iniquities;
- who healeth all thy diseases;
- Who redeemeth thy life from destruction;
- who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
- Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Psalm 103: 1-5, KJV
Praise ye the Lord … We have been remembered.