After David pleaded with God to remember His great mercy and love for him in Psalms 25:7, the shepherd King asked God to forget: “Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, Lord, are good.”
When I was 18 years old, newly saved by grace and hungry for all God had for me, my faith was high and my experience was low. I listened to sermons, dove into Small Groups and jumped into serving. I was all in for all of God with the gloriously immature mindset that it would all be as easy and simple. All I had to do was obey and do the right things and the right result would materialize. That is faith, right? Oh the joy of believing you know it all. I knew nothing and everything at the same time.
What I know now is that life is complicated and not fair. You can do all the right things and get the wrong outcome. That growing in your faith and relationship with God doesn’t mean life gets easier, in fact, it will often get much harder. I also discovered that difficult circumstances doesn’t mean that God has abandoned you but that is when He comes close to help you through.
I join David’s prayer here, “Yes, Lord, please forget and forgive the arrogant, immature pride of my youth. Pour out your grace on my life and help me to grow into who You created me to be.”
“Forgive my failures as a young man, and overlook the sins of my immaturity. Give me grace, Yahweh!”
Psalms 25:7 TPT