Daily Reading: 9-9-16
Psalm 51:1-10Living Bible (TLB)
Scripture teaches that sin (rejection of God’s ways) comes with consequences. King David had an affair with a married woman and killed her husband. The consequences of that sin were long lasting and caused David great emotional pain; brokenness. But God forgave David’s sin and cleansed him of sin’s residue. God is the Healer of the brokenhearted. He is always interested in creating a clean heart within us and we need cleansing because we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. May we ask for forgiveness and receive healing.
1 Written after Nathan the prophet had come to inform David of God’s judgment against him because of his adultery with Bathsheba, and his murder of Uriah, her husband.
O loving and kind God, have mercy. Have pity upon me and take away the awful stain of my transgressions. 2 Oh, wash me, cleanse me from this guilt. Let me be pure again. 3 For I admit my shameful deed—it haunts me day and night. 4 It is against you and you alone I sinned and did this terrible thing. You saw it all, and your sentence against me is just. 5 But I was born a sinner, yes, from the moment my mother conceived me. 6 You deserve honesty from the heart; yes, utter sincerity and truthfulness. Oh, give me this wisdom.
7 Sprinkle me with the cleansing blood[a] and I shall be clean again. Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow. 8 And after you have punished me, give me back my joy again. 9 Don’t keep looking at my sins—erase them from your sight. 10 Create in me a new, clean heart, O God, filled with clean thoughts and right desires.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for creating a clean heart within me with right thoughts and right desires. Help me to continue to follow your ways, so joy fills me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.