Psa 51:8-14 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. (9) Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. (10) Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. (11) Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. (12) Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. (13) Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. (14) Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
David recognized that his sin had an impact beyond the need for forgiveness. That was a vital starting place, but it wasn’t the end. David knew he needed to get his joy back if he was to get back on his feet. He knew what Nehemiah would put into words:
Neh 8:10 Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.
David wanted to clean from his sin – to have a right spirit again. This was something he lost when he sinned and refused to repent. Now that he was right with God, he wanted to experience that cleanness and know what it was to be right with God again. No longer hiding from Him. No longer alienated from the Lord.
David also wanted a renewed relationship with the Lord – closeness. He wanted the walk he once had with the Lord. He longed for, and asked for, God to uphold him as He had done in the past.
David also understood his obligation to teach others what he learned from his sin, repentance and restoration. That’s part of the reason for this Psalm – so that we would benefit from his experience. Now that he was right with God, he wanted to help others recover, too.
What About You?
- If you have recently repented from some sin, have you sought more than just forgiveness? Have you asked God to restore your joy and your walk with Him so you’ll have the strength to keep on living right?
- Are you trying to help others get right with God by sharing with them your personal testimony of sin, repentance and restoration?