A Tuneup

2 I cry out to God Most High,
    to God, who vindicates me. Psalm 57:2

In the context of David writing this, he was, as they say, “as guilty as sin” in a number of areas. But yet, he felt vindicated from God. Was he blameless for all the devastation he caused others? Of course not. Throughout his life, David and his family paid dearly for his sins.

However, when the eternal books are opened, David’s name will be there because he called on God to save him. Somewhere in his journey, David realized that apart from God his life was in shambles. He also knew that he needed to be cleansed.

Psalm 51:10-12 summarizes his journey.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Crying out to God should become a regular part of our Christian life, if it already isn’t. Why? Think of it this way. When your vehicle is not running well, what do you do? Take it into a mechanic (if you don’t diagnose and fix it yourself). Often the mechanic will know one or two major problems your vehicle is experiencing just by the sounds you tell him it makes. Same way with a doctor.

We need tuneups. As we cry out to God, we can allow all the junk and craziness of our lives to melt away. What we have to say is between us and God.