Forgiven and Restored

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Give me back the joy of your salvation. Keep me strong by giving me a willing spirit. Then I will teach your ways to those who do wrong, and sinners will turn back to you.

God, save me from the guilt of murder, God of my salvation, and I will sing about your goodness. Lord, let me speak so I may praise you. [vss 12-15]

You are not pleased by sacrifices, or I would give them. You don’t want burnt offerings.

The sacrifice God wants is a broken spirit. God, you will not reject a heart that is broken and sorry for sin.

Do whatever good you wish for Jerusalem. Rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.

Then you will be pleased with right sacrifices and whole burnt offerings, and bulls will be offered on your altar. [vss 16-19]

For the director of music. A psalm of David when the prophet Nathan came to David after David’s sin with Bathsheba.

(Psalms 51:12-19NCV) [context– Psalm 51; 1 Samuel 11 and 12]


As people, we have a limited view of everything. It is impossible to see things from God's perspective except by faith, an implicit trust in Him.

Our life on earth is limited because it exists within a physical realm. We are finite (limited), God is infinite (unlimited). This applies not only to physical and natural limitations, but carries over into our thinking and perceptions of the truth.

After King David is confronted by the prophet Nathan, he pleads for God's mercy and forgiveness. But David, a man after God's heart (1 Sam 13:13-14), also realized his need for restoration. By faith, David rightly perceived God's heart, His redemptive nature.

King David understood that he had nothing to offer God, nor was the Lord desiring anything else but David's heart—broken and repentant.

David asked for restoration so that his life would be a living example of God's mercy. He desired restoration so he could share the goodness and grace of God with others.

Too often we see forgiveness as an end point, while God views it as a beginning point of restoration. We see conviction and judgment of sin as a wall of punishment closing off our access to God.

The Lord desires our broken and honest heart turning to Him for correction and restoration. True repentance isn't just being sorry for sin, it's a brokenness that turns to the Lord and seeks His restoration. ©Word-Strong_2016

Have you broken God's heart with your selfishness and rebellion?

Then turn to Him with a broken heart, so He may restore you!


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