I’d like to start with a man who rebelled against God in an extreme way. Please note that this man had experienced God’s tremendous favour and blessing in his life. He was given influence and position; wealth and prestige. Yet, in the middle of this, he took a rebellious turn and dramatically sinned against God.
The account of this is found in scripture; specifically
. It is the story of King David. This is the same person who, as a teenager became an overnight hero when he killed the arch enemy of his country with well slung stone to the forehead. The enemy’s name was Goliath. This favoured King also was the man who penned the most famous psalms of all time; Psalm 23. There are few who haven’t heard the beginning lines of that beautiful poem. “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.”
It is this man, who went off the proverbial tracks, by committing adultery Bathsheba and murdering her husband to cover it up. He may have thought he got away with it; by brushing it under the rug but the Bible says that, “the thing David had done displeased the Lord.” (2 Samuel 11:27 NIV). God had the prophet Nathan confront the King on his actions and declare His judgement. People had died, families were torn apart; the consequences of David’s sin were great. David’s legacy was ruined and his relationship with God was broken.
It was in the middle of this mess that David wrote Psalm 51. He took responsibility for his sin; turned back to the Lord and prayed with all his heart and soul for restoration.
I’d encourage you to read the whole psalm but will quote just a few verses here;
"Create in me a clean heart, O God;
and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from thy presence;
and take not thy holy spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation;
and uphold me with thy free spirit.”
The amazing thing about this story is that the story of David’s life did not end in broken and disaster. The amazing thing is the amazing grace found within the story.
The cry of David’s heart was heard. God answered his prayer. He restored the joy of salvation to David. This broken man was restored by the wonderful grace of God.
Here’s the thing; if God would answer sincere repentance and sincere prayer like David’s, He will do so for anyone;
Yes … anyone.
is available for all.
It’s available to the one we would consider the worst person.
It’s available to you and me.
To receive a restoration a grace; let me encourage you to sincerely pray through this psalm of David.
His grace is available.
Question: How does God’s ability and willingness to forgive and restore compare to yours? What kind of limits do people put on God’s grace?