King David’s position is not ours!
4 Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths.
5 Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.
6 Remember, LORD, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old.
7 Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, LORD, are good.
See, the pattern goes like this; We tend to “feel”, “sense”, and “reason” a lot like David did, as he confesses here in these verses. So, we read the bible and stumble across David here or other OT saints expressing their hearts to God in this way and we say, Oh My Gosh! I feel exactly the way David did here. Our minds identify with the position David is in and we start confessing and professing the same things to God that David did hoping that God will change our hearts and minds and move us from this same dry place David was at, closer to Him, under His wing, and into His presence.
Christians love to identify with Old Testament viewpoints. However, David here, was an unsaved person who did not reap from the work of Christ. David and all the other OT folks we like to identify with are in a different position than you or I are today. We as NT saved people cannot identify with the same positions David and the other OT archetypes come from.
David was not a saved person. David was not indwelt with the fullness(Colossians 2:9-10) and constant presence(1 John 2:20,27) of the Holy Living Spirit of God. He did not have the benefit of the Holy Spirit of truth coming and guiding him into all truth(John 16:13). David did not have the benefit of a propitiation(1 John 2:2; 1 John 4:10), a one time sacrifice that removed sin and covered his rebellious ways for all time(Hebrews 8:12; Hebrews 10:12; Hebrews 10:17).
Therefore, we as NT saved Christians today, cannot long, cry out, seek, or call on the Lord for these same things and expect that we will be moved from these dry places closer to God. We have already been moved into the place we are longing for through the Work of Christ. God has already accomplished what David was asking for through the Work of Christ.
Therefore, the appropriate response by us, as saved individuals, is to thank God for putting us into a new position by confessing and professing the NT verses above. When we identify with David’s position, it is the mind of the flesh in operation. It is our unrenewed mind that is at work “feeling” and “sensing” and “reasoning” without the influence of the Holy Spirit(Romans 8:6). The mind of the Holy Spirit brings to our remembrance the words of Jesus(John 14:26).
The Holy Spirit is saying, look man, God remembered you by sending His son to die for you to redeem you. You have been washed in the blood, you are clean, the Father is not remembering your sins anymore, you are anointed, I am the Spirit of truth and I have come to you, I abide forever more in you, just recognize that now, come into agreement with this truth, in faith. God has done His part to rescue you. It is now your time to accept it, acknowledge it, and come into agreement with it. Abide in me and confess and profess these things, renew your mind to these truths, so that you don’t give into “feeling” and “sensing” and “reasoning” this way anymore. OT people had to pursue God, they were always on the forthcoming end of His blessing. NT people only have to respond to God because we are always on the already provided for end.