Psalm 101 “I will sing of mercy and justice; To You, O Lord, I will sing praises.” (You need to read the psalm to get the whole picture, it’s not long)
I think we all have good intentions. We aim high, try to stay positive, and make lofty goals so we can be the best we can be. But what happens when those intentions are wrong, or what if we just simply fail?
David in Psalm 101 is expressing his heart to God. He’s pouring out his good intentions and the things he wants to do for God because of the goodness he has experienced from Him. My own heart fully agrees with David. The things I’ve seen, heard, and experienced with the Lord still continue to stupefy me. My response to God should be nothing short of the absolute best I have to offer Him. But for some reason, it doesn't always turn out that way. Why? Even David, who the Bible says was a man after Gods own heart, couldn’t live up to his own good intentions.
How does sin and defeat creep in? Well, we saw for David that it seemed he became complacent and comfortable, he got out of his routine and allowed idle time to slip in. Even more, could it be that he stopped taking those commitments he had made to God seriously? Whatever the case may be, he was in a place that facilitated compromise. As he looked out from his roof and saw Bathsheba bathing, his heart was in a place that willingly denied those previous covenants.
This was just one example of David failing in his commitments, sadly there were others also, but before we shake our heads at David's shortcomings, let's be honest about our own. The question is, do we want to know how to respond when this happens to us? Let’s look at Psalm 51 to see what is a proper way to deal with the after effects of failing at good intentions. Even though we may start well, and with the best intentions; the most important thing is that we can recognize when we’ve gone too far so we can correct.
We too can start out our prayer of repentance the way David did, focusing on God’s character and remembering how forgiving and merciful he is. And to make sure you don’t end up there again; remember Proverbs 4:23, “Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.” You need diligence to keep your heart and an honest attitude about whether you’re really taking your intentions seriously. This isn’t a once a month or every six months deal, this needs to happen every day!