More than a Song: Week 4 – Psalm 51:10-12

To conclude the series, the text we will be looking into is Psalm 51:10-12

Psalm 51:10-12

New International Version (NIV)

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

In our past meetings for the series, we bring into the discussion a few facets to Worship. I built on a pattern of expressions that began with “Our love for God” to put emphasis on the point that Worship begins with our genuine love for the Lord. As a result, Worship comes out naturally as our feeling of response.

The church covered the series with the following ideas “Worship — “:

  1. In Times of Battle
  2. Source of our Strength
  3. In Times of Injustice, and
  4. In Times of Failure

And as usual, since most of you have already attended the services, will look at this from another perspective.

1st part of verse 10:

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

One of the most amazing things about God’s mercy; Grace, is that even with our unrighteousness by sin, we are granted favor, forgiven, and justified. What’s interesting about the words used by David is that, he put in there “pure heart”, another place in the scripture where the same words are found is when Jesus was teaching “to the mayattitudes”, the beatitudes J in Matthew 5:28 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God”.

In our week two sharing, I have already made reference to David as someone who can see the unseen (Psalm 63:2) as a result of his intimacy with God. As a disciple, the goal is that we may live our life in a way that we see God.

Question is, can we have a pure heart?

Genesis 6:5 say’s “The Lord saw … that every inclination of the thought of man’s heart was evil all the time”, also in Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure”. That is what the bible is telling us so we can accept that we, in and of ourselves cannot attain a heart that is “pure”, or morally pure and devoted fully to God.

But even though that is seemingly impossible by ourselves, the good news is, we can have pure heart. Fulfilled through Jesus Christ in 2 Corinthians 5:17-19, a new creation of new heart. I especially like the part in verse 19 “not counting people’s sins against them“. You see, the difference between us and God when it comes to forgiveness if I may is that

If a person committed the same sin and seeks forgiveness to someone, i.e. “Patawarin mo na ako, di bat’ ako’y tao lang at nadadarang at natutukso rin, promise, hindi ko na uulitin“, would probably be responded with “paulit-ulit nalang”; when God would probably say “ang alin?” – That is what repentance means, you are made blameless before him. Not that God is forgetful, but that’s just how it works.

Now that we have been given the gift, we should keep it as the psalmist said, “How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word” (Psalm 119:9), and, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11).

2nd part of verse 10:

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Another thing that needs renewal is our conscience… difficult thing about ‘our ability to discern right from wrong’ is that we can develop false sense of morals and values depending on how your standards are founded.

What did I mean by this, the world that is corrupt can change once view on things… I didn’t want to touch on sensitive things but I think you know the other issues the world is facing which are direct attacks even to the 10 commandments. But let me just give you a lighter example: ‘Clothing’ – now, fashion can set up a new trend that because of popularity, some women, even Christians would go to wearing beyond what they can be accountable to NOT aware that they have already been drawn to a worldly standard.

There was an article that writes “Sending sexual signals by the way you dress” and it wrote like this:

“The female legs have also been the subject of considerable male interest as sexual signaling devices. The mere exposure of leg flesh has been sufficient to transmit sexual signals. Needless to say, the higher the exposure goes the more stimulating it becomes for the simple reason that it then approaches the primary genital zone.”

McCall

Paul writes this in I Corinthians 1:20 “20 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?“, and this is where some fail, some Christians would justify the things they do through experts BUT there is difference between spiritual and worldly counsel.

I mentioned about “wearing beyond what they can be accountable to“, this is simply what I mean:

21 It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall.

Romans 14:21

Going back to David when he wrote this, not to his defense, he should have been in the war as 2nd Samuel 11 started, but taking a bath out where there is an opening – you can be equally as guilty of the lusting experience.

One more point in the verse was David’s use of the word “steadfast”, not only he came to God to be cleansed and reformed, he also prayed for firm and unwavering conviction. The good news is, God provided us with a blue print of what the standards should be, it’s the bestselling book of all time (I didn’t have to research on that, I don’t think that’s arguable). That was the good news, the best news is, God sent His son to model it.

Moving into verse 11

11 Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.

I did not break this two lines apart just with the thought that Holy Spirit is God’s presence within us, thus the translators use of the coordinating conjunction “or“. This is also what David asks of God after he had been rebuked by Nathan. At times, when some people fall short, or experience failure, they just elect not to be with the presence of God. David knew better. Actually, if we look at verses 1 and 2 of the same song, he used the terms transgressions and iniquity to describe his sin.

Friends, to be casted away from his presence mean to tolerate what is known to be immoral. It’s dangerous because it chooses God to be out of the picture. It means taking things at your own hands and we can’t. Well you can, but sooner or later, it will just all fall into God’s wrath.

Even with the little things we do. In fact, let this little things go and you’d be surprise it’ll come back and swallow you in whole. I heard a pastor talked about “sin begets sin“. In this particular story, can see it as – he was lazy, he should have been fighting the war, there was lust, seeing a beautiful naked woman, and he didn’t turn away, called for Bathsheba, which led to adultery, conspired and then murder.

Lastly, verse 12

12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

There is a saying (translated to English): You won’t know the value of something until you lose it. David has probably missed the joy when he turned away from the will of God. Otherwise, he would not have use the word “Restore“.

I would also emphasize on the use of “joy” over “happiness”, this link makes a very good comparison that fits the message I wanted to get across: http://www.diffen.com/difference/Happiness_vs_Joy

Happiness Joy
Meaning: Happiness is an emotion in which one experiences feelings ranging from contentment and satisfaction to bliss and intense pleasure. Joy is the emotion of great or calm delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation.
Causes: External sources: Events, Feelings Inward sources: God’s abiding presence
Emotion: outward expression of elation inward peace and contentment
Time frame: Momentary Always
Example: Winning a lottery will make one happy In the midst of trials and temptations joy is still present.

I cannot yet answer to the question “Do we lose salvation?” as of the use of “Restore” here… as much as I have blogged subjects on spirituality, I’d rather not take on a question I have not resolved myself into, at least not for now.

To close, let us think about what all these say’s about us and Jesus. Beginning with the verse I already reference earlier:

2 Corinthians 5:17-18

New International Version (NIV)

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation

The Lords truth and love are foundations of our salvation. Truly, we cannot do it amongst ourselves, so as God promised the seed in Genesis 3 out of love, then the truth he revealed in Genesis 5, children born of man (Adam) is his own likeness, in his own image, is born of the fallen nature of man. Therefore, it is only He, conceived through the Holy Spirit (Born of God) – Jesus, in his blood that we are made pure.

Then comes our belief system. The Bible teaches that Jesus is the truth, the way, and the life – no one comes to the Father but through Him (John 14). Once you have been reconciled, what follows is Lordship, by which, we become followers of Jesus.

David stumbled and so do we, what is comforting is that failures are not the end of the story and the most amazing thing about grace.

And I will leave you with this verse to end –

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

New International Version (NIV)

16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

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