Reality tells us that no Christian is exempt from the burdens of the sinful nature. Paul told the believers at Colosse to “Mortify [put to death] therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness … [etc.]” (Colossians 3:5). The problem is that sometimes we don’t do that. We yield to temptation, and we’re left with a mess. But we are not left helpless. We have a pattern to follow for restoration.
That pattern comes from the heart and pen of King David, whose sin demonstrated the sad consequences of succumbing to temptation. Look closely at Psalm 51 as David owned up to his sin. First, he flung himself at God’s feet, pleading for mercy, acknowledging his sin, and trusting in God’s judgment (vv. 1-6). Next, he sought cleansing from the One who forgives and wipes the slate clean (vv. 7-9). Finally, David asked for restoration with the Holy Spirit’s help (vv. 10-12).
Is sin stealing your joy and blocking your fellowship with the Lord? Like David, turn it over to Him.
—Dave Branon, Our Daily Bread. Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.