Psalm 51: 7-12 "Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice. Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit."
A quick way to stray from a close and intimate relationship with God is to allow sin in your life. Here in Psalms, David is crying out to God to not cast His presence from him. David realized the value of being in God's presence; he knew the value of a relationship with God. There is nothing more satisfying in life than having God be a part of it. If you read this chapter closely, you can feel David's heart as he pours it out.
David experienced life from two different points of view. As David strayed from God's law, he saw his sin cost him something. He realized sin will always cost him. It is not always through one “big” sin, but small things that can build up. It started with the lust in David's heart that led him to sin with another woman. For David to realize this and arrive in a place of repentance where he has godly sorrow, he needed to be broken and trust God's way. He needed to surrender and move away from his destructive behavior. Sin for a season can feel great, but eventually it will lead you to a Luke 15 type of situation. You will find your sin leading you to living with the pigs, eating their food, lost and hurting. Sin is deceiving in this way. It may feel good in the beginning, but in the end it leads to destruction.
2 Corinthians 7: 8-11 "For even if I made you grieve with my letter, I do not regret it—though I did regret it, for I see that that letter grieved you, though only for a while. As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us. For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. For see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you, but also what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what punishment! At every point you have proved yourselves innocent in the matter."
Psalm 51:16-17 "For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise."
How do you repent well? Through godly sorrow. Godly sorrow happens when you feel the weight of your sin and acknowledge that you have rebelled against God. Worldly sorrow is feeling bad for getting caught; there's no real remorse. This can lead to a false type of repentance. You can't earn grace on your own or through works. You must repent and ask God for forgiveness with a true sorrow and understanding for your sin.
Godly repentance leads to increased faith in Him. You begin to believe that Jesus is enough. His grace is enough. This Gospel faith leads you to continual growth. It puts your heart in sync with God's heart. If your repentance is not biblical, it will fail you. This forced obedience is far from the brokenness God desires. In yourbroken spirit you will find God. As David said in Psalms, God desires and delights in a broken spirit and a contrite heart.
Examine your life and heart today. Are there things you need to repent of with a true Godly sorrow? Allow God to restore you as you humble yourself and experience this godly sorrow. Repent and allow Him to restore your life. God delights in this pure act of surrender.