“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10).
Failure and defeat humbles. All David has known is victory after victory. As often occurs when a person has known only success, arrogance and pride leads the person to think their prosperity is deserved; that they have done it themselves, and worst still, that God is a quaint belief but certainly not needed. Yet now, in the midst of tragic loss, David is viewing life from another perspective. He is humbled by the reality of his sin, and it has had a purifying effect — crying out to God for renewal and the joy of his salvation. This is the prayer God longs to hear and answer.