July 17, 2019·Abby PreJean
King David is a relatable man. I appreciate people who are relatable, especially in the Bible. All our “heroes in the faith” were people just like us. Sinners, who needed saving and who fully acknowledged that fact. But the beautiful part is that even when they were saved by God’s grace, they still messed up! Why is that beautiful? It’s because God’s majestic glory and mercy were shown, even through their human error. And it proves that we NEED God, because of our human tendencies.
King David’s psalms candidly share his roller coaster with his own faith, shortcomings, emotions, and relational situations. It’s an open diary for us to explore, as we navigate our life, pursuing our relationship with God.
Psalm 51 is another beautiful psalm of King David’s irritation with his own moral transgressions, desperate need for healing, and a restoration of the joy of his salvation and dedication to God. It’s raw and real.
David’s awareness of his original sin, and the desperation for purification, is seen in Psalm 51:10-13 (NIV): “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.”
How do we receive a clean heart, when we were born sinful? His presence. In His presence, He purifies and sanctifies. His presence equals purification and sustainability in our life with Christ. Within His presence, we have a safe space to repent, be set free, and renew.
Do you need a renewed spirit? A refreshed joy to serve Jesus? Do you need to scrub the basin of your mind and heart to unearth any sin you’ve been carrying?
Get in His presence today. He longs to purify you.
Pastor Abby PreJean