Words from the Heart for Wednesday January 27th, 2021
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.
Psalm 51:10-12 (NLT)
Restore in Me
The chaos and confusion that accompany war and natural disasters can separate families when they need each other most. The Canadian Red Cross Restoring Family Links program helps people in Canada re-establish contact with immediate family members after separation due to armed conflict, natural disaster, migration and other humanitarian crises. The process involves collecting information about persons who are missing, persons who have died, and vulnerable persons such as children separated from their families, and persons deprived of their freedom.
If you’ve ever had to spend time away from loved ones, you know how wonderful it is to be reconnected with them. It’s a beautiful picture of restoration. At the heart of the Biblical narrative is restoration. Nowhere is this more clearly portrayed than in the tragic story of King David’s affair with Bathsheba which led to the death of her husband Uriah. Human relationships were severed, and so was David’s relationship with God. Sin always does that. As soon as sin entered into the hearts of Adam and Eve, their relationship with their Creator God was broken. King David knew that there was only one way for his relationship with God to be healed. His prayer of repentance in Psalm 51 is powerful. Verses 10-12 say this: “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.” Through Jesus’ substitutionary death on the Cross, our sins can be forgiven and our relationship with God restore. Have you experienced the joy and peace that comes in repenting and trusting Him?
These have been words from the heart.