July 11, God’s Business
Today’s reading: Psalms 51-55
“Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners will be converted to You” - Psalm 51:12-13.
Psalm 51 is David’s prayer of repentance, probably after his sordid relationship with Bathsheba and the circumstances surrounding their son’s birth and death. When David sinned, he did not run from God but to Him. He did not go into hiding, but instead made a commitment to the Lord to reach out and teach others about the Lord and His ways, but only after God touched and restored David in his inner man. You should note that David was not just interested in himself, but also connected his restoration to God’s best interests, which were and are to reach others for Him. In a sense, Paul saw this same dynamic when he admitted his sin, but then saw that God had touched him to go reach others:
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life (1 Timothy 1:15-16).
Are you reaching out to other sinners? Do you see that part of your healing and restoration is so you can make God’s business your business?