“Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.”
The verse above is the end of a journey that started in verse 1. David committed some horrible sins, and those sins left him living in guilt, feeling worthless, and took joy from him. This is exactly how sin always leaves a person. You are no different from David when it comes to the condition in which sin leaves you. However, though sin may leave you in a condition where you feel you are no longer useful, God is great enough to restore you and use you again if you will take the journey that David took to restoration. Let me show you several keywords that shows what you must do to finish the journey of restoration.
The first word is mercy. David asked God in verse 1, “Have mercy upon me, O God…” The first step to restoration is to accept the fact that God will be merciful to you and forgive you. One of the things that sin does to the fallen believer is it makes them feel so dirty and useless that they feel God would never forgive them. Let me remind you that God doesn’t choose to forgive a person because of the degree of sin they didn’t go into, but He chooses to forgive the sinner because He loves them, because of His mercy, and because it is His character to forgive.
The second word is acknowledge. In verse 3, David acknowledged his sin. To acknowledge sin is to admit everything that you have done. God cannot forgive if you try to cover up a portion of your sin. My friend, God is very willing to forgive, but you must be willing to acknowledge all that you have done.
The third word is purge. David asked God to purge him. You will notice that it wasn’t David purging himself, but it was God purging him. You cannot clean yourself up; only God can remove the stains and desires that sin leaves inside of you. When you come totally clean with God about what you have done, 1 John 1:9 promises that He will forgive and cleanse you from your sin.
The fourth thing you need is a clean heart. In other words, once God purges you, you must do all that you can to keep it clean. Don’t go back to the same places and people who influenced you to do what you did. You will never stay clean by going back to the same mud hole that got you dirty in the first place. Changing the places you go and the friends you have is a vital part in the journey of restoration.
The fifth thing you need is a right spirit. Watch your spirit that you don’t think everyone is against you. Sin damages your spirit in many ways, but one of those ways is that you become defensive and think everyone doesn’t understand what you are going through. Ask God to help you with your spirit to keep it right on your journey towards restoration.
The sixth thing you need is joy. You will find that joy comes when you start reapplying the principles of God’s Word in your life. The word “restore” is the same as restocking the shelves. God wants to restock your spiritual shelves with joy, but you must follow His Word to get those shelves restocked.
The seventh word is teach. You will never finish the journey of restoration without teaching others. The best way to start teaching is to go soul winning and show others how to get saved. You will find that leading others to Christ is a great way to start experiencing the joy you once had before sin ruined your life.