True Repentance: Restoration and Renewal

Psalm 51:14-17
14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, The God of my salvation, And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness. 15 O Lord, open my lips, And my mouth shall show forth Your praise.16 For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering. 17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart— These, O God, You will not despise.
Gods desire has always been and still is to restore man from his fallen state. We see this from the very beginning in the book of Genesis. When Adam and Eve sin it is God who comes in and makes for them tunics of skin and covers their nakedness.
I love what David says in this Psalm that a broken spirit and contrite heart the Lord will not despise. David was truly repentant and broken before the Lord after his sin with Bathsheba.
To be restored is to be given back that which you had lost. A good example is the prodigal son. When he came back to his senses and he returned to his father with a broken and contrite spirit, his father would hear nothing of him desiring to be made a servant. He was fully restored to the position of sonship.
Restoration leads one to evangelism. David says deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed… and my tongue shall sing sing aloud of your righteousness. He says that his lips and mouth shall show forth praises.
When we experience true restoration and renewal then we desire more to walk in obedience as opposed to offering sacrifices.
The best thing about the restoration of God is that when he forgives he forgets. God no longer holds you to account for your sin because it is forgiven and neither does he keep on reminding you about it as we sometimes do.
Have you fallen from grace? Are you at a place where you have lost the joy of salvation? There is hope because God forgives and restores. Like David run to him with a broken and contrite spirit and he will restore you.
Reflections
Both King Saul and King David disobeyed God but Saul lost the kingship while David was restored. What can you learn from their response to their sin?
Even after we have been forgiven and restored, we sometimes fear to tell others about God especially if our sin was made public. What can you learn from David’s response?
God restores and renews…. Run to him!

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