“Have mercy on me, O God, according to thy steadfast love; according to thy abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done that which is evil in thy sight, so that thou art justified in thy sentence and blameless in thy judgment. Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Fill me with joy and gladness; let the bones which thou hast broken rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence, and take not thy holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of thy salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach transgressors thy ways, and sinners will return to thee. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of thy deliverance. O Lord, open thou my lips, and my mouth shall show forth thy praise. For thou hast no delight in sacrifice; were I to give a burnt offering, thou wouldst not be pleased. The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”
“But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words. And he who searches the hearts of men knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”
“What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, will he not also give us all things with him? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies; who is to condemn? Is it Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us? Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, “For thy sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
I have always found these words extremely comforting, especially when I have felt lost or very alone. To think that God does not depend upon our words but actually searches our heart and knows and understands how we are feeling. And then His Spirit works with us accordingly. His Spirit expresses to God what we are going through in a way that we cannot.
Psalm 51 was written by David after Nathan the prophet told him that God knew of his adultery with Bathsheba and his responsibility in having her husband Uriah killed. David did not turn away from God but turned toward him as a contrite and broken man even though he was the king of the great nation of Israel. In our human fleshly thinking we may think David should be dealt with accordingly under the Old Testament law and be put to death. But God in His mercy forgave him. David still had to deal with the consequences of his actions but he knew that his broken and contrite heart was what God was wanting from him.
If we have something that is weighing heavily upon our hearts, let us look to the example of David. God can forgive and He will forgive. If we acknowledge our sin to Him and turn from it, His Spirit, which dwells within us, will intercede on our behalf before God. This sinful nature of ours, which God is very familiar with, is the very reason Christ died for us. We can be forgiven. Let us take heart and believe that if we acknowledge our sin and turn to God He will forgive us, accept us and comfort us. There is no greater gift to mankind than what God has done for each and every one of us through His son.
May we believe that God can love us even when we may feel unlovable.