Psalm 51:12 (TPT) David’s Consecration
Let my passion for life be restored,
tasting joy in every breakthrough you bring to me.
Hold me close to you with a willing spirit
that obeys whatever you say.
King David suffered greatly for his affair with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband, Uriah. God allowed David to face the painful consequences of his sin. Like David, sometimes we may have to face the painful consequences of our sin, too. The love of God allows these experiences, so we will run from sin the next time. And, only God can heal our self-inflicting wounds.
Getting our hearts right with God after we sin is essential. So, in his song, David points the way to restoration and healing in three steps. First, David confesses that he knows he has done wrong in the sight of God; in fact, he confesses that his sin is really against God (Ps. 51:4). Second, David asks God for forgiveness; to cleanse him, purify his conscience, and fill him once again with sacred love (Ps. 51:7). Third, David asks for God to restore his joy and help him to be more obedient.
The more devoted we become to God, the more power we have to resist sin. This devotion should be our goal each day. However, when we wander into sin, God’s mercy is available to bring healing. David tells us how to find our way back to rest in God’s amazing grace.
Prayer: Lord, help me to stand obediently in your grace each day. In Jesus’ name. Amen.