The definition of refresh is "give new strength or energy to; reinvigorate" When's the last time you've been refreshed? I think of David when he asked God to create in him a clean heart and to renew his spirit. What does this mean, exactly?
We sin. Repeatedly. It's our nature as humans and to be expected as Christians. Christ died for us because He knew we would. The thing about sin is that we do it, but we're to repent. I always say it's a fine line between repentance and seeking forgiveness. Asking for forgiveness is realizing you have sinned and taking it to God. Repenting is turning from evil to good. It's saying that what you did was wrong, and you're determined to not keep committing the same sin.
David was remorseful after committing adultery and fornicating with Bathsheba. I love that he sought forgiveness, yes. But he realized something was not right within that caused him to go that route at all. He was in need of Divine Grace. Not the grace that we freely received because Jesus paid it all. He needed a double dose of the goodness of God. He was fearful that he had maybe gone too far and would be banished from the presence of the Holy Spirit. So in Psalm 51:10, he's seeking grace on another level. He's inviting God in to start and create something new. He's asking for a spiritual makeover. He's asking to be refreshed.
To be in Christ and as a Christian who sticks with believing in God the Father, and knowing Christ is the son of God and died for our sins, it means realizing that we cannot lose our salvation. Romans 8:29-30 states, "For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified." Maybe David's plea is realizing that God doesn't owe us anything. He knows that God doesn't have to forgive us. And perhaps he was at a point where guilt and disappointment were in overdrive, because he knew he was better than the decisions he had made. David was in need of Divine Grace. "Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. " Psalm 51:10 David wanted to be refreshed.
When's the last time you spoke these same words to God? When's the last time you dug deep and asked God to create in you a clean heart? When did you last ask God to renew a loyal spirit within you? It's something I've been doing often because this scripture has repeatedly come to mind. I want to be refreshed. I want to be renewed. I want to be made over. I know salvation is here. But sometimes, you simply want a helping of Divine Grace.