Do you struggle with beating yourself over the past? Is it hard to look ahead or enjoy the present because you can’t forget your past? Friend, so many of us do. Many people have a past they’d like to forget or say things they wish they had never said before. But we can’t erase the past. We need to stop looking back there and start praising God instead.
During our study, we saw David’s delight for God’s Word over and over. God and His Word was the most important thing to David.
As much as we see David finding delight, we see him praising God again and again. The book of Psalms is filled with David praising our great God.
Some may say he had a just cause to give up, to throw in the towel and leave his first love (Revelations 2:4). David even admits his sin of straying from God, I have gone astray like a lost sheep (Psalms 119:176a).
We see him praising God despite his affliction. Can we say that to be true about ourselves?
Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments. Psalms 119:164
I don’t know about you but David’s relationship with God is one I crave for myself. He was real, he was bold, he was faithful. He didn’t try to be someone he’s not with the Lord. He didn’t put on an act.
Was he was perfect? No. He was human just like us. He failed just like us. He made mistakes just like us. But he learned from his mistakes; he changed his ways and put his focus back on God.
Typically, when you’re in love with someone you don’t focus on the negative things they do, you’re focusing on the good things. David could’ve stayed in his pit of despair focused on all the bad things happening to him, all the negative things God was allowing to happen, how he’s failed God. He could’ve focused on God’s silence but he continually chose to praise God for His goodness.
Likewise, we can focus on how we fall short, how we react poorly to others, how we fail God daily. We can chose to stay there, to think we are no longer good enough for God to use us. Or we can focus on how good God is while we seek him wholeheartedly. We can say no to those traps that Satan is using to hinder our service to the King. Friend, no matter where you’re at, you can always return back to God’s way.
So let’s stop holding ourselves back because we think we’ll never measure up to David’s example or our own idea of the perfect Christian life. We are going to fail. We are going to make mistakes. Just like David.
Let’s focus on God’s goodness and praise Him for it. Praise Him when things are going well and when they’re not.
Don’t dwell on your past failures but start fresh each day because:
It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23
He is worthy of praise. No matter what our struggle is today or what yesterday’s failures were.
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. Revelation 4:11
Your turn! Is your past a struggle you find hard to get through? Are you bound by your weight of your past? You don’t have to be! How can you start today to stop looking back and focus on Christ?
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