by Kathleen Whitten
A friend generously agreed to make curtains for me. Even as an accomplished seamstress, my friend insisted on finding a pattern for the curtains I wanted instead of trying to make up her own. She said, “I have learned that it is much easier to find a pattern and follow the instructions than it is to spend hours ‘rediscovering’ what someone else has already figured out.”
I like to put it this way: “Why rediscover the wheel when you can drive the car?”
God’s Word is a pattern for us to follow for every need in our lives. Yet instead of driving peacefully down the highway of life, many Christians try to forge their own paths and spend much of their time in the repair shop.
Thankfully, one of God’s best patterns is found in the repair shop in Psalm 51. Prior to writing Psalm 51, King David had not only ignored God’s pattern, but he totaled his car. David committed adultery and had a man murdered. Yet David’s heart deeply grieved his deeds.
God gives us a beautiful pattern for repair and restoration through David’s prayers in Psalm 51: “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” (Ps. 51:10-12)
All of us have done things that have caused our hearts to grieve. Let us follow the pattern set by King David. Instead of running from God, let us run to God for restoration and repair. And like King David, may we all become men and women after God’s own heart.
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