Thrive in Five: Psalm 51:10-12

I’ll never forget the moment my first real “wretched man” moment hit me. It’s a term I learned from a Beth Moore Bible study. It basically refers to the time when you see your sin for the awful thing it is and you realize how great a sinner you are. I was about 20 years old when I realized how much my pride, my prejudices, my fear, my passions, and my selfishness we’re controlling me and I wept.

When you grow up in a Christian home and attend church on what seems like the daily, it is easy to see yourself as being good. You do the things you should do and shun the things you shouldn’t do. You memorize Bible verses and develop a true faith. But it’s not enough to make you truly good. No man is incapable of committing great sin. I am not incapable.

King David, the author of this psalm, loved God and sought after Him whole-heartedly; yet in a moment of weakness he committed adultery and then committed murder in an attempt to cover it up. What He did was awful and he paid dearly when the child conceived in his passionate affair died soon after birth. As we look back at this time in David’s life, it is easy to see him as a wretched man.

But it’s what David did next that is his true defining moment. Deep in sin and far from anything that resembles goodness, he threw himself at the mercy of God. He owned his actions. He repented. He begged God to cleanse him, restore him, and give him an obedient spirit, knowing God would not reject a repentant and broken heart. In the darkest moment of his life, David received God’s great gift: Forgiveness. He was brought back into a right relationship with God.

We all mess up, but sin doesn’t have to own you. Let God’s love and forgiveness be what defines you.


Thrive in Five – One set of Bible verses, 5 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Grab your journal or download our worksheet. Let’s dive into God’s Word.

Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. Psalm 51:10-12 NLT

Monday: Read Psalm 51:10-12. Write this passage in a journal and read the words out loud – slowly and intentionally while thinking about what each one means.

Tuesday: Read Psalm 51:10-12 and answer these questions: What does this passage say about God? Is there an action to follow?

Wednesday: Read Psalm 51:10-12 and think about this question: Is there a command to obey or an example to follow in this passage?

Thursday: Read Psalm 51:10-12 and begin to think about how you can apply this verse to your own life by answering this question: Does this passage give a promise to believe or a principle to practice?

Friday: Read Psalm 51:10-12 and respond to this question: Does this passage warn of sin(s) to avoid or give a warning to heed?

We look forward to hearing how God uses Psalm 51:10-12 to transform your heart and renew your mind as you lean into His perfect and pleasing will for your life. (Romans 12:2)

Love fiercely and live deeply, Bare Feet & Curls

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