Make my heart clean O God!

Often times, when we do wrong we want to hide because we feel guilty and ashamed of what we have done.  The Bible talks openly and honestly about men and women, who failed, committed sin, and ran from God’s presence.  King David is a well-loved figure of the Old Testament, and to many he is a legend.  In fact, the Bible says that he was a man after God’s own heart—Acts 13:22, 1 Samuel 13:14.  Even so, this great man of faith, courage, and passion—this hero of ours committed some terrible sins.

You have probably read the story in 2 Samuel 11 but lets rehearse it again. 

On a glorious spring morning David was on his rooftop relaxing when he saw a beautiful woman bathing.  He was so captivated by this woman that he got one of his servants to go and fetch her for him.  The woman’s name was Bathsheba.  She was married to Uriah, a brave man who fought in the king’s army.  David seduced the woman and later the unthinkable happened and he discovered she was pregnant with his child.  David used his quick wit and sent for Uriah so he could sleep with his wife and cover his own tracks.  However, Uriah was a man of integrity and refused to sleep with his wife while his fellow countrymen were at war.  When David’s initial plan did not work he plotted unthinkable evil.  He had Uriah placed in the front-line of battle where he knew he would be killed.  After the murder, David marries Bathsheba and thinks his problems are over.  However, their child dies and David is blatantly aware of his sin before God.  In Psalm 51: 10-11 he cries out: “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."

So, what can we learn from this story?  What lessons can we apply to our own lives?

1.     Don’t Run from God:  You can never run from God’s presence.  And He does not want you to.  When we fail, mess up, sin, and lose our way God wants us to run to Him where we can find healing and forgiveness.

2.     Don’t try to Cover up:  You can never cover your tracks forever.  You may be able to cover for a limited time, but eventually your sin catches up with you.  The way to healing is repentance—admitting your wrong doing and asking for forgiveness.

3.     Don’t keep Pretending:  Sometimes we live with the lie that everything will be okay.  Things will work out.  We cannot go on pretending forever.  Eventually we have to square up to what we have done and face the consequences.  I guarantee the consequences of our actions will be far easier to deal with than the guilt and condemnation of our actions. 

4.     No sin is so great that God cannot forgive:  Remember God is a forgiving and a loving God.  All He asks is for your honesty of heart, and your repentance.  David realized that there could be nothing worse than being cast from God’s presence.  God loves you, His arms are open, and His forgiveness is boundless.  Don't run from Him or hide from Him because it is not worth it.  Run to Him—He is waiting for you!

 

Take some time out of your day now and pause to ask God to, “Create in me a pure heart, O God…”

 

I am and always will be,

Recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus,

Carol