Bible in a Year – Day 174: A Change of Tone
Contrition causes us to change our tone, doesn’t it? Do you notice the different in the tone of voice used when David is asking God for forgiveness compared to the tone he uses when asking God to strike down his enemies? When confronted with his own misgivings, David writes and sings about God’s perfections.
You see, as we come to grips with our own darkness, the light of God is evermore clear to us. And as we see that contrast, we are drawn away from our own dark places and toward God’s light. David here, caught in an adulterous affair and outed as a murderer, was having to come to grips with the fact that as “righteous” as he may have been, he had some unrighteous parts, too.
The result is that he is drawn back to God:
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. (Psalm 51:10-12)
I wonder why it so often takes a disastrous even for us to come to the realization that we really need God. Shouldn’t we be asking God to create a clean heart in us and to renew a steadfast spirit each and every day? Shouldn’t we recognize and verbalize the fact that we are spiritual weaklings living in a spiritual war zone? Can’t we just admit that we need some help?
But we don’t, do we? We ask for help only when things are really bad. We seek God only when we’ve run out of options. We have a reactive faith, rather than an active faith. And then, when something really bad happens, we re-prioritize. Well, what if we didn’t have to re-prioritize when something tragic occurs? What if we had our priorities right every day?
Too hard? Yeah, probably. But that’s why these words of David are so important. You see, we can try to have a clean heart (and we will fail miserably) but God can actually create in us a clean heart. So, as you go about your daily activities, would you join me in asking God to create clean hearts in us?
If we rely on him to do the work , and if we make the request, I am confident that he will respond.
- Bible in a Year – Day 358: Cheaters
- Bible in a Year – Day 354: Holy Peace, Batman!
- Bible in a Year – Day 329: Slaves of Righteousness
- Bible in a Year – Day 304: Simple, Powerful Prayer
- Bible in a Year – Day 295: Worth It
- Bible in a Year – Day 262: Say It Ain’t Ho-sea!
- Bible in a Year – Day 253: Prince or Prop
- Bible in a Year – Day 248: Seeking Mercy Over Judgement
- Bible in a Year – Day 247: Chances
- Bible in a Year – Day 246: Spoiled Brats