Plea For A New Heart

 Psalm 51:9-13

Hide Your face from my sins And blot out all my iniquities.

David repeats his request in vv.1-2 to blot out his sin. Today, a free gift to me, but costly for Jesus. My sin in exchange for His sacrifice on the cross. [2 Corinthians 5:21] This has become one of my favorite scriptures as I realize Jesus paid for my sin on the cross.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

David knew that the inner person, the heart-the mind, emotions, soul, spirit- was the source of his trouble as well as the seat of his joy and blessing, and he was incapable of changing his own heart. Only God could work the miracle.

11 Do not cast me away from Your presence And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation And sustain me with a willing spirit.

David had trusted God as a young boy and had a relationship with God by grace through faith. The Lord gave the Holy Spirit to David when Samuel anointed him, and David didn’t want to lose the blessing and help of the Spirit. David’s sin had robbed him of the joy of his relationship with God, so he asked God to restore it. We cannot resist temptation without God’s help [1 Corinthians 10:13]. David knew his weakness, and he prayed that he would not lose God’s help.

Beware there are consequences to our sinning against God by not keeping His commands;  including loss of joy, broken fellowship with God and suffering.

The phrase “willing spirit” in verse 12 refers to David’s own spirit, as in verse 10. A “willing spirit” is one that is free, loves Jesus and is yielded to the Spirit of God because of His love rather than duty. The Lord did forgive David but permitted him to suffer the tragic consequences of his sins.

13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners will be converted to You.

One result of God’s forgiveness of his rebellion would be that David would teach the rebellious God’s ways. He could speak confidently of God’s grace because he had experienced it. After we experience God’s forgiveness, He uses us to bear witness for His salvation.

Confession and repentance of sin should stimulate disciples to obey God’s commands to witness and teach the gospel. 

Henry Luke 8/11/21017

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