Renew a Steadfast Spirit within Me
“… and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10 NIV)
The second thing David cries out for [in the psalm he wrote when the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba] is God’s steadiness in his everyday spiritual living: “Renew a steadfast spirit within me” (v.10). We all know the feeling of being up one day and down the next… reading the Scripture every day for a week and then hardly glancing at it the next… going up and down like an elevator. The Hebrew word for steadfast means to be firm, strong, erect, immovable.
What David is asking God for is a work of grace within him that will keep him from the kind of rise-and-fall, mountain-and-valley pattern that characterizes far too many of our lives. David wants to resist temptation not just one day, but every day. He knows he cannot do that himself—but with God, all things are possible. David knows he has been cleansed and forgiven, but he feels he needs something else: a steadfast spirit. He doesn’t want to be like Jell-O; he asks to be a rock.
Isn’t that our desire as well? Instead of going up and down in our walk with God, we yearn for God by his grace to do the same work for us that David sought. Do we believe God can do it?
Jesus said to Martha of Bethany, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” (John 11:40). We must not be content just to hope, or to lament our weak spiritual condition. Instead, we must approach the throne of grace with a bold confidence that what God promised, he will do (Hebrews 4:16). Let us ask him for this steadfast spirit that will hold us through the changing situations of life.
To be continued...
-Pastor Cymbala (excerpted from Fresh Faith)
Read Psalm 51:10-12.