Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Our God: The Restorer
"Create in me a clean heart, oh God, and renew a right spirit within me." Psalm 51:10
I had that verse going through my head all day yesterday so I decided to take some time and read through that Psalm. I was so surprised as I imagined myself in King David's place; writing this Psalm after committing the devastating sin of adultery with another man's wife. I can't say that the words David expressed to God would have fallen from my lips had I been in that situation...I can more see myself crawling into the deepest, darkest cave and hiding.
If you read through the entire Psalm, you'll find that David was sure of the Lord's love for him and of His forgiving power. He speaks of God's lovingkindness and the greatness of (His) compassion. He actually has the boldness to ask God to hide his face from David's sin and to blot out all his iniquities!
How many of us would call out to God in this way after committing such a sin? David's faith in the Lord's love for him was strong!
David didn't let shame overtake him. He knew how to be washed and made whole again by God---not through penance...not through righteousness...not through obedience to the law---but by asking, with a contrite heart, and believing that God was faithful to restore him.
What a loving and patient God we serve! We don't have to fear him as he always desires restoration and relationship with us!