“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit with in me.”
Psalm 51:10 ESV
A briefcase in my left hand, an open umbrella in my right hand, and a drizzling rain falling, I came to the end of the sidewalk to cross the street to get to my eight o’clock seminary class.
The six-inch concrete curb step-down marked the edge of the street. Water rushed around the curb. So I hopped over it to avoid getting my slick-soled, dress shoe wet.
As soon as my toe touched the wet, pebble-impregnated pavement, my foot slipped forward gaining absolutely no traction. For a split second my body must have been perpendicular to the pavement. I landed instantly flat on my back with such a bone-jarring thud it rattled everything in me!
King David had committed adultery with his beautiful neighbor, Bathsheba. She became pregnant. David had her husband killed to cover-up the sin. No one knew, right?
Enter Nathan, God’s prophet. He tells David of a rich man who owned thousands of sheep. His poor neighbor had one ewe lamb he bought and raised like a daughter. The lamb slept in his lap and ate from his own plate.
The rich man had a surprise visitor. Instead of taking from his own flock, he took his poor neighbor’s only lamb, slaughtered and prepared it for his guest.
Furious, David ordered the man to be punished! Then David heard the bone-jarring words,
“You are the man.”
(see 2 Samuel 11 & 12)
This leads to David’s pleading to God for mercy in Psalm 51. He cries out in desperation,
“Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit with in me.”
Psalm 51:8, 10 ESV
Have you had your bone-jarring experience? Have you come to the reality that your sin is known by our loving, yet righteous God? Have you sought mercy through His Son Jesus Christ who died for your sin? Don’t wait till you stand before God to have your bone-jarring experience!
Red-faced, nothing broken, I managed to get up and go to class that day.
Our Father, thank-you for forgiveness when we repent of our sin as you did with King David. Please give us strength and wisdom in dealing with the circumstances we create that result from our sin’s effects.