Monday, April 26, 2010

Clean and create

Psalm 51:10

Create in me a clean heart, O God

Renew a loyal spirit within me

Today's reading was sad to me and yet it reminded me that David was like us. I've read the story many times. David sees a beautiful woman, desires her, sends for her, takes her and then wants to erase that it happened somehow…how do we erase the wrongs?

At times, I feel like we all need to get a huge cleaning bucket and scrub, scrub, scrub and still we will not ever be clean only by the blood of Jesus. We have power in us that we forget about…how we forget that God empowers us and that we are able through Him to do, to be, we just have to believe! Why is that so difficult? Is it our moments that we fail like David did?

Did you read on this morning about David? The LORD is upset with David and tells him that your family will live by the sword. He sent Nathan with horrible words about what was going to happen and the child dies. David fasted and wept until the child died, but immediately upon hearing that the child died, he got up washed and went to worship the LORD. Then he returned to the palace and he ate. One wonders how did he do this and the servants inquired – his reply as long as the child lived I knew that the LORD might be gracious and let him live…

David knows the LORD. David knew himself.

I ponder this morning do we know the LORD like David and do we know ourselves?

Is it just me that in today's world so much pretending goes on that sometimes we don't even know the real me? We put on so many layers that nobody knows the real person underneath all the layers.

Today, my prayer is that just like it says in the Psalm 51

Lord have mercy on us, wash us of the guilt, help us strip off the layers that we hide under and create the person we are each meant to be – the person that you created and desire! Amen

Sweet blessings,


1 comment:

Frankie said...

Debbie, you know how this story about the death of David's child has ministered to me. When you think you don't have hope, you do, because our hope is in a gracious God, 2 Samuel 12:22.

Psalm 51 was so good in the way that David poured out his heart. When David saw his sin for it was, despise and contempt against God, his spirit became broken. In verse 17, David says, "The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit, You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God." David was broken and repentant. It seems as though many times we have to get to that point for God to be able to work with us.