Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. – Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Psalms 51: 1-2, 10 (NIV)
How many times have you wanted to do something over? “If I could just take back what I said.” “If I could take the test again.” “If I had one more chance!” In Golf it is the “mulligan.” In Monopoly, it is the “Get out of jail” card. On Wheel of Fortune, it is the “free spin.” How many times do we need a do-over? King David needed one. He had committed adultery, resulting in the woman becoming pregnant To make it worse, he had her husband killed! God sent Nathan the Prophet to David to rebuke him. David came under severe guilt and repented. Instead of running from God, he ran toward God. He openly admitted his sins and asked God for forgiveness. What happened next was truly amazing. David experienced the love of God and the complete forgiveness of his sin. David depended on God’s unfailing love and asked for the seemingly impossible. He asked for mercy, the blotting out of his sins and the cleansing of his heart. David agreed with God, that he was guilty. But he also agreed with God, that God’s love is unfailing. So David could ask for a “do over.” He prayed, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit in me!” And God did. Why not start over like David, today? Make David’s prayer for mercy and cleansing your own.
Dear Righteous Father, I know that You know all about me. You know my wrongdoing. I agree with You that I am guilty of so many things. I come now to confess that I need Your total forgiveness for all that I have done. I ask for a “do over.” Please Lord, create in me a pure heart. Please, renew a right spirit in me. I come to You for a fresh start. In Jesus’ name.
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