A New Start

February 3rd, 2014

Read Psalm 51

Create a clean heart for me, God; put a new, faithful spirit deep inside me! Please don’t throw me out of your presence; please don’t take your holy spirit away from me. Return the joy of your salvation to me and sustain me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach wrongdoers your ways, and sinners will come back to you. (Psalm 51:10-13)

Everybody makes mistakes. We all have made bad decisions and offended someone at some point in our lives. We must take responsibility for our lives and for the mistakes we make. Why? Because there are consequences. Everything we go through is not someone else’s fault. Is this not what we teach children?

It is not the end of the world. There is an opportunity to start new and fresh. God does forgive and empowers us to start over. The Negro spirituals “Fix Me, Jesus” and “Standing in the Need of Prayer” express the need to turn the searchlight inward and allow God to heal the heart. To sin means to miss the mark. But God has provided a way to turn your life around and to live God’s way. It’s simply called repentance.

That’s what David did in this psalm; he repented. He had committed adultery with Bathsheba, and there was a baby on the way. But David, known as a man after God’s own heart, humbled himself before God. He realized that in order to become successful in his calling and purpose as king and prophet, he had to turn his heart back to God and seek cleansing of his actions, mind, and soul. David admitted his fault and earnestly sought forgiveness. He realized that the issue was not between him and the world, but between him and God. He needed the Spirit of God to accomplish his life’s goals, so he sought God.

You may not be able to relate to David’s sin, but perhaps there is an issue in your life that you know needs to be dealt with. God is ready to renew, refresh, and restore your life, but is just waiting on you. It’s time for a fresh start.

Prayer: Lord, it’s me at this moment standing in the need of prayer. I take responsibility right now for any and all of my wrongs. Forgive, cleanse, and heal me. In the name of Jesus I offer my life. Amen.

excerpt from: African American History Month Daily Devotions 2014 by Angela Roberts Jones. Copyright©2013 by Abingdon Press. Used with permission.

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