- Psalm 51:12 (NASB)
King David was a man of God. His desire was to follow the Lord with all his heart. But David fell. He fell badly. The Israelite King was guilty of lust, theft, adultery, and murder. David lusted after his neighbor’s wife and stole away that wife from her husband. He impregnated the woman (Bathsheba was her name). Then David arranged for Bathsheba’s husband to be killed.
David’s sins were serious. But the king knew that his relationship with God was not at an end. His relationship with God needed repair. That is why David confessed.
When Christians sin, their relationship with God does not end. The relationship is damaged but not dead. This is why you never find David asking for salvation in Psalm 51. He simply asks for the joy of salvation to return.
Sin always causes damage. In the case of Christians who sin, the damage is a wedge that comes between God and the believer. There is a distance created between God and the believer. The result of this distance is the absence of joy found when one walks closely with God.
Joy is restored when the Christian comes to God agreeing with God about sin. Psalm 51 records David returning to God agreeing that lust, theft, adultery, and murder are sins against God. Once David agrees with God about sin, he may now experience the joy of salvation.
Do you carry a burden because you have sinned against God? Do you miss the joy of God’s salvation? You do not need to restart your relationship with God. You simply need to clear up the relationship. Whatever the sin and no matter how many times you sin, go to the Father and confess. You can then begin enjoying the salvation God gave to you.
- Pastor Randy