Do Not Give Up

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
— Psalms 51:10-12

I've known people through the years who have pretty much given up on themselves and in doing so, they have given up on God too. The people I'm talking about here are those who struggled with their sin but very honest in admitting it and repenting. It wasn't that they loved their sin more than God but they couldn't see or understand God's forgiveness. In counseling them I would always use the above verses and explain the circumstances behind them. Some saw the light and excepted God’s forgiveness and others couldn't get past their failures. I want everyone reading this post to know, there is life after sin!

David wrote this Psalm which is a confession, repentance and a plea for restoration. Remember that God said David was a man after His own heart. Now think about what David had done, he lusted after his neighbor's wife, committed adultery with her, and had her husband murdered, and yet, God said he was a man after His own heart. You may be wondering how a man who was could convicted a murderer and an adulterer also be called one after God’s own heart?

God did not regard David according to the actions of his sinful nature, but according to the deepest motivations and disposition of his heart and will; and these were revealed by David's response to the conviction which Nathan the prophet brought upon him; a conviction which brought immediate total confession and repentance, and a broken and contrite heart. This response exemplified the shepherd king's walk with God throughout the entire journey of his life.

If David had made excuses, rationalized, or resisted the clear message of his sinfulness it would have been a totally different story. His heart would have revealed a self-justifying, self-righteous attitude with no realization of his absolute need for God's mercy. This would have defeated and defined him as a man after his own heart. But the immediacy and completeness of David's confession qualified him for the Lord's forgiveness and mercy, saving him from death and restoring him to that most treasured relationship of his life, his relationship with the Lord.

The consequences of his sin were very serious and followed David the rest of his life. But he demonstrated true repentance by never railing against God for the troubles which followed him as a consequence of his sin with Bathsheba. David always rose up, submitted, and humbly praised God, writing some of the most beautiful and wonderful psalms and pouring out his heart before the Lord. He served God and worshiped Him all his life. So the Lord God didn't reckon David’s life by his fall but by his walk, and by his heart.

We all stumble in many ways, but God does not define us by our failures. It's our love for Him and our honesty before Him that reveals a true walk of faith! So if you feel you messed up, your sin got the best of you, then come clean. Make your confession. Accept the consequences without complaining, allow the Lord to forgive and restore you completely, and continue on your journey with Him. That was David's heart. His example is worthy to follow. May you and I also be one of those that lived their life “after God’s own heart!” God Bless!!