A Steadfast Spirit
October 18, 2022
Psalm 51:10 - Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
This Psalm was written by David after he was confronted by Nathan about his adultery with Bathsheba, his murderous plans for Uriah and his rebellion against God.
We went to see the musical David at the Sight and Sound Theatre in Lancaster a couple weeks ago, and before seeing that show, I often thought, Wow David! You really screwed up! How could you go after another woman whenever you had so many wives already? But then the show portrayed how tired David was. He was constantly in battle, leading his troops, coming home and having to listen to all his people’s problems and never had a moment to himself. He was tired… and he was weak. I’m not saying what he did was right, absolutely not! But, it puts it all in a different perspective than just reading about the story in 2 Samuel.
It made me realize that we all could be David. We all sin, we all become weak. But when we do, we must ask God for a new heart, one that is full of love for God, but one that hates evil. Sin brings us nothing but grief, guilt and remorse. It doesn’t hurt just the person we are sinning against, it hurts God too.
David was pleading to God for a clean heart and a right spirit. Jesus tells us that the heart is the source of either good or evil. In Luke 6:45 He said, “The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good. The evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil.”
David knew he had committed adultery with Bathsheba in his heart even before the physical act took place. He needed a new heart and he asked God to renew a right spirit within him. He wanted the kind of spirit that would obey the Lord at all times.
Me too, most definitely, me too.