This week I am studying Psalm 51 in preparation for the class I teach on Sunday mornings. If you read your Bible you will recognize this is a prayer for restoration. A prayer that King David uttered to God after the prophet Nathan confronted him with his adulterous sin with Bathsheba and his murderous plot regarding her husband Uriah.
Though we may not have committed adultery or murdered someone, we all can say at some point in our lives we have had lustful thoughts and thoughts of anger. Jesus told us that if we have lust in our hearts then it was as good as adultery (Matt. 5:27-28) and if we spoke and acted in anger toward someone, we have as good as murdered them (Matt. 5: 21-22).
This psalm should be a reminder to all of us that we need to pray the prayer of Psalm 51 from time to time. Asking God to have abundant compassion on us. To blot out our rebellion and completely wash our guilt away and cleanse us from our sin. Though those of us who have placed our faith in Jesus Christ who gave himself to die on the cross for our sins; who rose on the third day and has now ascended into the heavens and is sitting on the right hand of God; have been washed in the blood of the lamb and He, God the Father, will remember our sins not more; we still need to remind ourselves of our wickedness and that we need God to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
For as the scripture teach us, none of us is good nor are we righteous (Rom. 3:10). We need God to wash us clean, whiter than snow, to create in us a clean heart and renew a steadfast spirit. For no matter who we are we will from time to time lose our way and need to be drawn back into the presence of our God. We need to have the joy of our salvation restored.
This week I did something I have not done in many years.
I pulled out my guitar to fiddle with a little and I came across a song I use to sing when I was younger. It was written by Keith Green, considered one of the early founders of the contemporary Christian music movement. The song’s title is My Eyes Are Dry. The lyrics to the song is written below and you can click on his picture to listen to the song on YouTube.
It is a song of restoration and a song that has ministered to me many times when I was younger and did today has I remembered the song and sung it.
Sometimes my eyes become dry as I lose my compassion for people who are hurting. My heart becomes hard and I need it to be softened. Sometimes my prayers become cold as we go though the motions and repeat the same old prayer day in and day out and we do not allow God to speak directly into our lives. We need the Word of God and the Holy Spirit as God speaks to us through His Word. Our eyes need to be wet from the tears as we feel compassion to those who are suffering. We need our hearts to be soften. We need are prayers to become alive in conversation to the Father. We need to be washed anew in the wine of the blood of Christ. We need God to create in us a clean heart, a steadfast spirit, restoring the joy of our salvation. We need God to open our mouths so we can declare his praise, to sacrifice to Him a broken spirit for He will not despise a broken and humbled heart.
I ask you to examine yourself. This is biblical as Lamentations 3:40 tell us;
Examine and probe our ways, and turn back to the Lord.
You may find yourself in a place that you need to say this prayer of Psalm 51, sing this song My Eyes Are Dry as you worship and praise God. I pray that God will capture your heart once again if you have allowed your eyes to become dry, your faith to become old, your heart to become hard, or if your prayers have become cold. Let yourself be washed anew in the wine of His blood.
Together in the challenge and adventure to disciple men – Mike
Lyrics to My Eyes Are Dry.
My eyes are dry
My faith is old
My heart is hard
My prayers are cold
And I know how I ought to be
Alive to you and dead to me
But what can be done for an old heart like mine
Soften it up with oil and wine
The oil is You
Your Spirit of love
Please wash me anew in the wine of your blood.