For some reason this topic has been on my mind a lot lately; I have also been reading a lot from the book of Psalms especially from Psalms 51. (David wrote Psalms 51) This is one of the critical points when king David has realized everything he had done was for his own selfish need. He sinned by having an affair with Bathsheba and then he also had her husband murdered and covered it up.
King David did horrible things but here is where he begins to ask for forgiveness:
Psalms 51:2 “Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from sin.”
We are familiar with the story of King David and his short comings yet the Lord still used him for His purpose. How? by showing us his mercy and love by forgiving King David for his sins.
So, thinking about ourselves; we have days we are just on top of the world; we don’t miss a step and keep on walking forward with the plan to please the Lord. Reminding ourselves of our true purpose. Then one day we will sin, sin is a little word with a huge impact, it means the same as doing something wrong which is against anything you believe to be righteous and true. I know I fall short on a daily basis; falling short could be as simple thinking a thought which is inappropriate or wishfully thinking harm would fall upon someone.
When we were born; we were born with sin. Our natural tendencies are for our own selfish ways rather than to please the Lord. When Jesus died on the cross he took on all our sin for our own salvation. King David didn’t have this at the time; he had to turn to the Lord himself. I can imagine him on his knees praying these words to the Lord.
Psalms 51: 10-12 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a stead fast spirit within me
11) Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12) Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me.
With our salvation; we ask for forgiveness by praying through “His son Jesus Christ.” We can become free of sin once we ask for forgiveness and truly want this forgiveness. God wants to have a close relationship with us and the only way to prevent the crushing wave of guilt is to ask for his forgiveness. By doing this we are also building our relationship with Christ and this is where the foundation for salvation begins.
So when we find ourselves distant from the Lord this is the time we want to remember:
- We turned away from Him (Through sin)
- God has proven time and again he will mercifully forgive us
- Salvation comes through accepting Christ as our savior
- Ask for repentance
Remember Jesus’ words
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only So, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.