Dave reads from Psalm 51:10 for our Morning Devotion for Monday, March 23rd.
Another day, another day of COVID-19, Corona virus news. We'll be hearing more about how many cases are nationwide and worldwide. We'll be hearing more about the types of restrictions or guidelines are being put in place to try and halt the spread, or at least flatten the curve. We're going to be hearing all of that again today and in the midst of it all, we try to find some good, some positive thing that we can talk about.
One of the things that we can look at as a good thing right now is that during this forced slowdown, when many of us are staying at home, working from home, we find that our lives have been interrupted. We can use the time that we've got to work on our relationship with God.
When there's not a whole lot else going on, when you can't gather together with friends and family, when you're not going out to eat or doing other leisure activities that perhaps you would have been doing, then perhaps you can spend a little bit more time in the word. You can spend a little bit more time in prayer, and I'm sure that in the last couple of weeks, a lot of us have been doing just that, praying a lot more than perhaps we did before this virus took hold and started to spread.
It's driven us to our knees, if nothing else. I want to read a passage today from Psalm 51 this is Psalm 51 verse 10. This is the words of King David King David had done one of the most despicable things in his life as recorded in scripture. He had taken another man's wife and then sent that man to the front lines to die to cover his own deeds.
The wife had become a pregnant. The child that was born died, and in the midst of it all, one of the prophets, the prophet Nathan came to David and confronted him with his sin, letting him know that what was done in secret was not kept secret from God, that God knew exactly what was going on and in his repentance.
These were the words of David, create in me a clean heart, Oh God, and renew a right spirit within me. If nothing else, we can spend the downtime that we have combing through scripture, getting to know Jesus a little bit better. Read through the gospels. Read through the letters that Paul wrote to the churches in the new Testament, some of the other new Testament books written by James and John.
We can read through the scripture and we can ask the Lord to create in us a clean heart to renew a right spirit within us. Perhaps this time is something that we've needed to cleanse ourselves. To look to ourselves and our own spiritual health instead of going about business as usual. Sometimes the interruption drives us to our knees and sometimes on our knees we find what we've neglected.
Psalm 51:10, Create in me a clean heart, Oh God. And renew a right spirit within me.