Do you spend time looking back on your life? If you are anything like me, you tend to look towards the future dreaming. However, some people are really good about reflection. They take time to evaluate the past to learn from it and thank God for how He worked in that time. There is great benefit to remembering the mercies of the Lord.

Psalm 25:4-7 says, “Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, Lord, are good.”

King David wrote this Psalm. He was a man after God’s heart. He slayed Goliath the giant with a sling and a stone. He never tried to hurt King Saul (Because Saul was anointed king by God) even though Saul constantly tried to kill David. He was overall an outstanding man of the Lord.

However, just like we have sinned, David had some pretty major mess ups in his lifetime. He sought a married woman and slept with her, only to get her pregnant and kill her husband in battle. He had multiple wives, which was against God’s command. He wrongfully took a census and God gave him an option of three consequences (see 2 Samuel 24). This resulted in a devastating plague.