Friday, March 4, 2011
Restore and Grant
“Restore to me the joy of your salvation and
grant me a willing spirit to sustain me.”
Psalm 51:12 (NIV)
When children get into trouble with their parents, they want to regain the feeling that all things are forgiven. As a teenager, when I knew I was not in my mother’s good graces I would go out of my way to be sure that I had done all my chores before she got home from work.
King David sinned against God. He realized his transgression when the prophet Nathan confronted him. In Psalm 51, he pleads with God to do a new work in his heart.
When we fail God, we go through the same steps: we realize we have sinned; we ask forgiveness; we petition the Lord to restore to us the sense that we are loved,
God answered David’s plea. In spite of the dysfunction of his family, in later years a descendant of David gave birth to the Son of God.