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This is one of my favorite Psalms. It really gets to the heart of who we are in our relationship with Christ. It is a cry from David about repentance, but it is more than that, it’s a raw peak into a life calling out to God.
David starts out asking for mercy. He reminds himself of God’s great compassion. He then confesses his sin and recognizes that his sin is ultimately sin against God.
In verse 6, he acknowledges that God wants faithfulness even from birth. He asks to be cleansed whiter than snow so that he can hear joy and gladness again.
In verse 11, he wants to be in God’s presence and asks for a restoration of his salvation. He will use this restoration to teach others. He will open his mouth and praise God. His sacrifice will be a broken sprit which will restore his righteousness.
I suggest reading this Psalm over a few times to really capture the richness of David’s plight before God. He had no way to restore what he did when he sinned. He cried out to God in total rawness of who he was before the God of the universe.
In our broken world, it is easy to get discouraged or even to become depressed. Sin can distract us from our relationship with God and all that we do in our lives will become tainted by that action. Our goal should be to release that sin in repentance and line our lives up with God once again.
As business owners, we lead others. God wants us to have a right spirit so that we may ‘teach transgressors’ God’s way. He wants us to declare His praises with everything we are and all that we do.
God knows we are not perfect, but we must be perfect in coming back to our right relationship with God. We must constantly make those mid-course adjustments to get on the path God has set out for us.
If you fall down, get up, dust yourself off and get back on God’s path. He wants to guide you and restore the joy of your salvation. You must only turn to Him with all you are and like David, cry out for restored righteousness.
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10