PSA. 51:12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.
Have you ever felt like you were trapped? You know what I mean, stuck in your sinful lifestyle. There, I said it. I know we are not supposed to talk about sin but I am tired of pretending there is no elephant in the room. There is a whole herd trampling over our Christian heritage and we are all playing some kind of stupid mind game. The end of the age seems to be closing in on us; its time for us to get serious about our spiritual condition.
In today’s Psalm David, had committed a horrible sin. He was ashamed, afraid, and scared that he would lose everything that had been important to him. He seemed afraid of himself and afraid he would mess up again. He knew he had only one hope. He needed the Lord to help him. He knew he needed forgiveness but he also knew he needed more than that. He needed to be willing to change. He needed more than just human will power. He was in desperate need of God’s power to change. Whether we know it or not we all are. We need to be willing to be willing. Here are Spurgeon’s comments on today’s verse.
“And uphold me with thy free Spirit. Conscious of weakness, mindful of having so lately fallen, he seeks to be kept on his feet by power superior to his own. That royal Spirit, whose holiness is true dignity, is able to make us walk as kings and priests, in all the uprightness of holiness; and he will do so if we seek his gracious upholding. Such influences will not enslave but emancipate us; for holiness is liberty, and the Holy Spirit is a free Spirit. In the roughest and most treacherous ways we are safe with such a Keeper; in the best paths we stumble if left to ourselves. The praying for joy and upholding go well together; it is all over with joy if the foot is not kept; and, on the other hand, joy is a very upholding thing, and greatly aids holiness; meanwhile, the free, noble, royal Spirit is at the bottom of both.”
So maybe you have done things you are ashamed of, maybe even things you never thought you would do. If that is your situation there is a way out. Call on the Lord. He will forgive and He will do even more. He will make us into different kinds of people. What does it take? You must be willing to be willing.