David’s life got off-track because he started doing things his way and going his own direction. Suddenly, he recognized that things had skidded out of control, and that he needed to make things right.
He also realized that he couldn’t do it without God’s help.
Listen to his words:
Cleanse me…wash me…blot out all my iniquity…create in me a clean heart…renew a steadfast spirit within me.(v. 7-12)
We can mess things up on our own without anyone’s help, but it takes an act of God to get us back on track. We must depend on Him to cleanse us, and wash us, and forgive us.
Too often, we are guilty of trying to clean ourselves up and make ourselves “good” so that we will be acceptable to God—and that is simply not acceptable to God! Then how are we to come to Him? As the old hymn says: “Just as I am.”
When we come to Him this way, He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
Getting back on track requires a change of direction—where we stop going our way and start going His way.