Restore to me again the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey. Then I will teach your ways to other sinners, and they - guilty like me - will repent and return to you. Don't sentence me to death. O my God, you alone can rescue me. Then I will sing of your forgiveness, for my lips will be unsealed - oh how I will praise you.
You don't want penance, if you did, how gladly I would do it! You aren't interested in offerings burned before you on the altar. It is a broken spirit you want - remorse and penitence. A broken and a contrite heart, O God, you will not ignore.
Psalm 51: 12-17 (TLB)
Today's reading is from a psalm of David, the king of Israel. It reflects his thoughts after he has realized the gravity and implications of conspiracy against Uriah the Hittite and his adultery with Bathsheba, Uriah's wife. His actions result in a baby boy, and God rebukes David through the prophet Nathan. (See 2 Sam. 11-12.)
In the psalm, David's broken heart is obvious. He has realized that he has sinned against God, whom he loves. He fears being separated from God because of his actions. Despite the consequences he suffered, God restored David's life.
Albert Dob is from Bucharest, Romania. In 2007, when he was 21 years old, his heart felt burdened with sin. He decided to go to church the next Sunday to seek redemption. He was broken inside and felt hopeless. But every word the pastor preached spoke directly to his heart. That moment marked his life forever. The joy and the love for God he felt was indescribable. David's story reassures him that no matter how broken we are, God can restore us all.
I don't know about you, but I have been in this place. God's forgiveness is amazing and he has blessed me far more than I ever deserved. If you are holding onto pain, guilt,or shame from something you did, turn it all over to God. Try Him out. You can always go back to your old ways if you choose but I pray you won't want to. God's love is beyond our understanding; it is a free gift; just accept it as yours.
Prayer: Father in heaven, thank you for your mercy and the way you restore our lives, in Jesus' name, amen.