Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. –Psalm 51:10.
One hundred? Five hundred? One thousand? How many times does a toddler fall in learning to walk? One thousand falls is probably a low estimate. Most toddlers look like amateur hockey players, with all the bumps and bruises they amass. But every time a toddler topples over, the same thing happens: he gets back up and tries again.
How many times did David topple into sin? One thousand falls is probably a low estimate. David bumped into sin when he lusted after an already-married Bathsheba. He scraped up agains evil when he issued the order to have her innocent husband, Uriah, killed in battle. King David’s entire family was bruised when he fell into contempt agains his son Absalom.
Yet every time David toppled headlong into sin, the same thing happened: the Holy Spirit picked David up, led David to authentic repentance, assured him of God’s pardon in the coming Savior, and set him on his feet, so David could walk in God’s ways once more. David wrote about this:
O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill? He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart — Psalm 15:1-2.
We could read these words and think, “How hypocritical!” David knew that the Lord required a blameless walk, and he knew he often strayed off into paths of sin.
David knew his sin, but he also knew the grace of his God. The words of this pslam reveal that despite our countless failures, we walk with the Lord in the blamelessness and the purity he provides.
Man of God, no matter how many times you have toppled into sin, the Lord wants to walk with you, as he walked with David. Is your soul scarred on account of your sins? Have you bruised or even broken relationships by things you’ve said or done? In stumbling, have you scraped your conscience?
If so, then remember the sacrifice of your Savior. Remember that his cross makes pardon possible. Despite the scars on your conscience, the Lord sees you as blameless because of Christ’s cross. In that cross, you are forgiven. Now, live in his holy peace.
From the book “Man of God Walking by Faith”