S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”
For the choir director: A psalm of David, regarding the time Nathan the prophet came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba. Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins. Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin. For I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night.
Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight. You will be proved right in what you say, and your judgment against me is just. For I was born a sinner— yes, from the moment my mother conceived me. But you desire honesty from the womb, teaching me wisdom even there.
Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me—now let me rejoice. Don’t keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt. Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. Then I will teach your ways to rebels, and they will return to you. Forgive me for shedding blood, O God who saves; then I will joyfully sing of your forgiveness. Unseal my lips, O Lord, that my mouth may praise you. You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one. You do not want a burnt offering. The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God. Psalm 51:1-17 NLT
For us to truly submit to God, we must recognize his will not only for the “good” parts of our lives, but also his will for the “broken” parts of our lives. How have you watched God transform your attitudes and actions to bring you from darkness to light?
It is bold for King David to ask for forgiveness, restoration, and a clean heart so he can rejoice. What does this say about God’s character that he WELCOMES those who have sinned horribly to come back and be restored to joy once again?
Lord, your willingness to be gentle, loving, forgiving, and empowering is beyond my wildest imagination. Thank you for participating in our suffering through Jesus and providing power to live a new life!