King David has always been revered for his heart for God. Few have loved and served God like he did. This passion for God was on full display when the ark was transported into Jerusalem. He left behind his kingly dignity to dance with joy in the street.
Yet he also knew times when he was distanced from the Almighty. His dalliance with Bathsheba began a dark episode separating him from the fellowship with the Lord. It was after this whole experience played out that he wrote these words:
“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.”
—Psalm 51:9-12, ESV
Can you identify with the swings in spiritual vitality that David experienced? I know I can! Unfortunately, it is our common experience to drift away and then draw close again to God. Do not despair. I believe if we study the devotional life of David we can learn how to walk deeper in life and joy. Walk with me as I examine a few ideas in Psalm 40 in upcoming blogs.