Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. – Psalms 51:10 (KJV)
This was David’s prayer after the prophet told him about his misconduct of adultery with Bathsheba and his responsibility of the death of her husband. David was faced to focus on the truth of where he was. He had failed. He temporarily left God for temporary pleasure; caused by his fleshly desires. David was left to face his sin. David had a few options here. He could have ignored the disastrous works of his hands and walk away in pride. He could have gotten sorely depressed to the point of stagnation. Or, he could acknowledge his deeds and seek reconciliation of God through repentance.
David chose to repent. Hence his prayer for God to create in him a clean heart and a renewed spirit. There is redemptive power in repenting. David knew outside of God there was no victory. Outside of God there was no peace. Outside of God there was no hope. Outside of God we don’t have true power to live and execute in excellence.
During this time of crisis it is important that we beg for God’s mercy. We need for Him to so deeply cleanse us and restore us. David wanted God to restore his desire to please him and only him. He wanted God to increase his desire for Him so that he could serve and please him with his whole heart. Before COVID we were most likely living a life that was either serving ourselves or living a life of juggle where some things were left undone or completed outside of excellence. Wherever you were before this, now is the time to self reflect and repent.
In the New Testament, David was never referenced by his sin, he was referenced as “a man after God’s own heart.” David knew that God’s love never fails and it never runs out. Jesus paid the ultimate price that we may have life through faith in Him. God is a well of living water that will never run dry. If we join ourselves to Him with every fiber of our being, we can worship in liberty. Unlike others that may turn their backs on us when we fail them, “the Lord’s hand is not shortened that it cannot save.” (Isaiah 59:1) Our Savior looks forward to meeting you at the altar once more.
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