“Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, Lord, are good.” Psalm 25:7
Have you ever done something, and knew it was wrong, but you also knew that you were facing trials now because of that sin in your past? You know that you should cry out to God for help, but you’re afraid to do so. Maybe what you did wasn’t a deliberate sin, but rather because of a stupid decision you may have made, or something you did a while ago, that is coming back full circle to you now. There have been times that I’ve prayed for guidance and wisdom, yet I still ended up doing what I wanted to do, instead of waiting to listen for God’s voice to tell me what was right.
In today’s scripture, David’s guilt runs through this psalm when he is praying, “Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways”. Apparently his troubles later in life raised up sins he had committed years earlier. David is painfully aware of his sins, not only in his current situation, but from what he did in his youth as well. He doesn’t just say, “Oh well, I was just a kid, what do you expect?” He also, doesn’t compare himself to others and say, “Okay, maybe I have my faults, Bathsheba being one of them, but those other guys are evil!” Instead, David’s guilt over his sins drives him to confess his sins to God and ask for forgiveness.
God wants us to seek him, in good and bad times. But we are to seek Him more during our trials so that we recognize how dependent we really are on Him. If the trials we are going through are due to a sin we have committed in the past, He wants us to confess it and turn from it. No matter how difficult our trials, the Lord is able to deliver us from them, for His glory, and our good.
Gracious Heavenly Father, give me a desire to know Your ways and keep me separated from the temptations of sins. Help me to walk daily in the path that you have set before me and open my eyes to Your truth as I study Your word, and help me to listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit each and every day. In Jesus name, Amen.
Have a blessed day