Oh For a Thousand Tongues
Search My Heart
Here’s My Heart
“Generous in love — God, give grace! Huge in mercy—wipe out my bad record. Scrub away my guilt, soak out my sins in your laundry. I know how bad I’ve been; my sins are staring me down. You’re the One I’ve violated, and You’ve seen it all, seen the full extent of my evil. You have all the facts before You; whatever You decide about me is fair. I’ve been out of step with You for a long time, in the wrong since before I was born. What You’re after is truth from the inside out. Enter me, then; conceive a new, true life. Soak me in Your laundry and I’ll come out clean, scrub me and I’ll have a snow-white life. Tune me in to foot-tapping songs, set these once-broken bones to dancing. Don’t look too close for blemishes, give me a clean bill of health. God, make a fresh start in me, shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life. Don’t throw me out with the trash, or fail to breathe holiness in me. Bring me back from gray exile, put a fresh wind in my sails! Give me a job teaching rebels Your ways so the lost can find their way home.”
When we read Psalm 51 from The Message Bible we get a different perspective of what King David was going through at this time in his life: conviction! God, the Holy Spirit, had laid a weight on David’s shoulders: his own sin. Many of us have felt a similar weight. We need to take the same posture David did when we sin, and ask God to forgive us. That is why God gave the supreme sacrifice of His Son, Jesus, so that we could be forgiven.
“God, make a fresh start in me, shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life.”
I love how this reads. God can make beautiful things out of ashes but we have to let Him purify us, burn off the the sin, the impurities, within us.
God is in the restoration business and David is asking for it here, “…set these once-broken bones to dancing.” He wants to have joy again. Though God has brought this sin before him, David knows that our God is a God “generous in love” and “huge in mercy.” We can trust in that as well. “God is faithful and reliable. If we confess our sins, He forgives them and cleanses us from everything we’ve done wrong. If we say, ‘We have never sinned,’ we turn God into a liar and His Word is not in us.” (1 John 1:9-10 NLT)
When we have that clean slate with God, we can have all assurance He is working good out of our lives for His glory. Would you ask Him to search your heart today? He desires the best for you.