Read Psalm 51
Focus on verse 12
In my short life so far, I have had the opportunity to restore several of the homes that we have lived in. Restoration is something that becomes necessary when routine maintenance has been neglected. This is true of many things such as cars, boats, antiques, and homes. It is also true of our physical bodies, our emotions and our souls. When we neglect to take care of ourselves physically, we typically end up getting sick, which in severe cases can result in complications that require medical intervention by doctor who can diagnose and prescribe treatment to restore our physical health. The same is true of our eternal soul. If we neglect to take care of our spiritual needs, we can become spiritually in need of restoration.
This is essentially what happened to King David. His decision to sleep with the wife of Uriah, one of his trusted mercenaries, while Uriah was on the battlefield risking his life for his king, seemed like a spontaneous decision. It was however, the culmination of a serious of poor choices – the foundation of which was that he chose not to be out on the battlefield as he had always done in the past. The phrase, “idle hands are the devil’s workshop” is a saying that well describes one of Satan’s most effective strategies. Had David been on the front lines with his army that night instead of pacing on the palace roof, perhaps the story would be different.
The encouragement we can find in this experience of David is that when we do fail – and we all have failed at times – and the reality of our poor choices sinks in, we do not have to stay there.
Psalm 51 is such a wonderful model of what sincere confession looks like. David makes no pretense of trying to explain his actions or giving excuses. “For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.” (v. 3)
He knows Who it is that he has offended. “Against You, you only have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight.” (v. 4) He also knows what he needs from God. “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” (v. 10)
This is what spiritual restoration looks like. It begins with honest confession of our heinous behavior, and ends with restoration of the joy of our salvation. It is a picture of forgiveness. It is a soul restored.