Text: Psalm 51
Prophet Samuel referred to King David as “man after [God’s] own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14). David also has serious moral shortcomings. Psalm 51 summarizes a prayer he prayed after he had taken Bathsheba as his wife after failing to cover up an adulterous union with her that resulted in a pregnancy. He eventually killed her husband Uriah. He was struggling with the guilt of adultery, betrayal, and murder. The Bible says in 2 Samuel 23:39 that Uriah was one of David’s 37 trusted men. He had not only killed someone’s husband, but his loyal serviceman. It was such an overwhelming guilt.
We all go through moments of guilt and shame. Maybe we may not have committed sins of David’s magnitude, but we still find ourselves feeling separated from God’s fellowship. This is what sin does. Sin makes us feel dirty, guilty, miserable, and powerless. We simply feel so horrible about ourselves. The most import thing is what we do with our state of sinfulness. This is what David did: he went to God. And he prayed this prayer:
Forgive Me: A Prayer Of Confession
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions (v. 1). God is faithful; He does not give up on us.
Restore Me: A Prayer For Revival
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 v. 10 -12. We need a daily cleansing from God. Our lives are like vessels that need to be cleaned all the time. We are constantly contaminated with many things around us. That is the reason why we need constant cleansing. When we are cleansed our fellowship with God is renewed, our hope restored, our prayer life empowered. The fullness of God is clearly revealed in us.
Bless Us: A Prayer For The Prosperity Of God’s People
Lastly He prayed for the prosperity of his nation. In your good pleasure make Zion prosper; build up the walls of Jerusalem. Then there will be righteous sacrifices, whole burnt offerings to delight you; then bulls will be offered on your altar. V. 18-19. It is important to note that when our relationship with God is restored, we stop thinking selfishly about ourselves. Instead we think about the welfare of others also.
I don’t know what your struggles are, but I know one thing: God know them and He is compassionate. He is ready to forgive you, restore you and bless you.
It is my prayer that you make David’s prayer your prayer.