Psalms‬ ‭51:10‬ ‭NLT

“Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.” 

Observation-What does it say?
This is a psalm of David that was written shortly after the time the prophet Nathan came to David and exposed him of his adultery with Bathsheba.
Understanding-What does it mean?
Godly repentance vs. Worldly repentance.
The Bible refers to David as a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14). This psalm continues to prove that point. You see, David messed up BIG time. David not only committed adultery, but he also murdered the husband of the woman he committed adultery with. David tried to hide his sin, until the prophet Nathan came to David and called him out on the carpet for that sin. David was mortified. How could he do this? After all God had done for him, he let his sinful desires get the best of him. Now what separates David from others is his admission of his sin to God. He not only confesses his sin, but he repents, (turns away), from it. Now everyone sins. But how many of us who sin are truly sorry for our sin and repent away from our sin? It’s like I tell my kids when they mess up, “Don’t just say you’re sorry, show me you’re sorry.” Because are you really sorry if you’re just going to do it again anyways?
David got the picture. He cried out to God, begging forgiveness, fasting, dressing in burlap, and praying for God to forgive him. But most importantly, he learned from his mistake and made sure it would not happen again and that is the key. That is what God is looking for in our lives. We are all going to mess up and make mistakes. It’s how we respond to them and grow from them that truly matters.
“For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.”-2 Corinthians‬ ‭7:10
Life Application
It is about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.
Let me leave you with this speech by the famous Rocky Balboa. It’s a scene in a movie when a father is talking to his son. Apply it to how sin can hit us in life and knock us to our knees and shake us to our core. But how will we respond to it, especially after learning from what David did in this passage? 🤔
-Moses Gaddi