Falling in the Pit: Part 4 of 5
Repentance . . . Renewal . . . Restoration
Verse For Today:
We started our journey with David one sleepless night on his rooftop and ended up with the horrible news that his child was going to die. Where does a broken man go from here? Unsuccessfully, he tried hiding his sins, and Nathan came for an intervention session. David finally breaks and confesses the lies he has been trying to hide. Read Part 1 to 3 to know more about David’s journey. Today, we will peek into David’s heart as we read Psalm 51.
“Have mercy upon me, O God . . .” is a great place to start when we are broken and stop running from the truth. I need God’s mercy on a daily basis too, and He has more mercy than we can fathom. I love how David so eloquently puts his prayer of repentance in Psalm 51. (If you have not read the whole chapter yet, please take a minute and do so now.) David stopped running and turned back to God with all of his heart. Nathan held up the Holy mirror of God, and David could see the blackness of his empty soul. He had lied to everyone, pretending he was taking Bathsheba to console her. Pretending her pregnancy occurred after their “marriage.” Having Uriah killed in action, so he could cover his own trail of lies and betrayal. Where do the lies stop? How long do you keep pretending and wearing the mask?
Are you in the middle of a trail of lies now? How do you stop the freight train of lies that keep moving down the line so fast? God sees it all. He patiently waits for you to turn it to Him. No sin is too large. You cannot out love God. Give Him the pain, the fear of the consequences, and He can bring healing and restoration to your life. God has done a restoring work in my life from seeking my own way to seeking His way. This has been a painful process of letting go of my will and surrendering to His. However, after letting go, I find peace and joy living in God’s will. My life has not been easy in His will, but I know His plans are best.
David uses vivid images in his prayer of repentance. In verse 1 is, “Blot out my transgressions.” Blot was a financial term used to blot out with ink your debt either when paid or canceled. Through the power of Jesus dying on the cross our sin debt of death was paid in full. “Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.” The cleansing work of the Savior is completed when we give Him our rebellious and selfish hearts. David “acknowledged” his sin to God means that he confessed specifically all the sins that he had done. Even though he had hurt many, David prays “Against You, You only, have I sinned . . .” None of his sins were as serious as the sin against God, because he was not living by the standards God set for him. God is not fair in our economy of right and wrong, but He is always just. It may take years for you to wrap your mind around that concept. However, the longer I live and the more I read how God handles things throughout the Bible I see He is just. Even today I may not understand why God decides to do certain things or allows others to happen, but I know that He has plans we can’t completely understand (Isaiah 55:8-9)
Restoration begins in our hearts when we have confessed our dark sins to the Savior and turn to Him for wisdom on how to live our daily lives. God can mold and move in our lives when we soften our hardened heart towards Him. You soften your heart, when you decide to follow God in obedience to His word and listen to Him when He speaks to your heart. David knew God wanted more than just lip service or some ceremony of repentance by offering a sacrifice.
“For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it;
You do not delight in burnt offerings. .
The Sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,
A broken and a contrite heart –
These, O God, You will not despise.”
~ Psalm 51:16-17 NKJV ~
The Work of Revival:
I find comfort knowing that David committed some of the most atrocious sins possible, and is still known as a man after God’s own heart. David found revival in his life after falling into the depths of the pit and turning back to God. This gives me hope, knowing that whenever I mess up God will still have mercy on me when I turn back to Him in repentance. There is peace just waiting for me when I turn my heart back to Him.
Where are you today my friend? Is your heart breaking right now? God desperately wants to draw you near. To cleanse you. To heal you. To set you free from the bondage. Maybe your sin is not something you have done, but bitterness of what has been done to you. Jesus wants to set you free from the poison of bitterness seeping into every area of your life. Spend time with Jesus right now, and ask him to reveal any sin you need to confess. Then you will be in sweet fellowship with your Savior. Revival of the heart is a journey, but worth the long road we travel to the feet of Jesus.