Psalm 51 is the heart of David speaking with God concerning the sin he committed in adultery with Bathsheba. It’s interesting to point out verse 4, David’s confession to God, “Against you, and you alone, have I sinned;” The bottom line to David’s sin is that it was against God – his Heavenly Father. It brought about a separation in their relationship. Here is a beautiful account of his confession and the beginning of a journey of a closer relationship with God.
I’m encouraged by the words of David I read in Psalm 51 and the encouragement found in the devotional I’m reading currently. We should never allow those failures, lapse in judgment, and sin to hold us back from the future God has destined for us to live. We should not allow anything to get in between our relationship with God. As soon as we do, we must confess our sin and ask God for forgiveness.
Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. (Psalm 51:10-12, NIV)
This is an excerpt from, “Living a Divinely Inspired Life,” a devotional at YouVersion.com,
In your life journey, there will be setbacks and possibly even failures. There will certainly be situations that you did not plan for. There were many attempts to the moon before the first successful manned mission of Apollo 11. Do not be influenced or discouraged by your previous failed attempts. The God who has given you the vision will give you victory.
If you find yourself in a place where you are separated from fellowship with God take the time right now to read Psalm 51. Pray the Scripture you read and ask Jesus to forgive you. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with his power to overcome the obstacles, failures, and sins you find in your life. Trust Jesus and he will see you through to a joy-filled journey.