God loves to meet us and change us where we are, right where we are living at this moment. He doesn’t wait until we have it all together before God visits us and cleans us up. King David knew this when he wrote Psalm 51 and asked God to give him a “right Spirit.”
Some of us can identify with David’s request. We, too, are involved with behaviors from which we find eliminating and breaking free, difficult. Maybe its a drug addiction that leads us down a slippery slope. Maybe our rage ate away at us and introduced us into situations we regret. Maybe it was our lust or our greed. We’ve tried to change, but we can’t make it work. We become discouraged and hopeless. We begin to think that maybe we are hopeless too. Worthless. But that attitude is not what we need to get beyond the guilt and shame.
David’s pleading prayer points us in the right direction. We need not only forgiveness but also cleansing. We need new hearts. Only God can give us new hearts—clean hearts—with new attitudes and new values. Through the power of His Holy Spirit, He wants to give us spiritual heart transplants so that His desires will flow through us, directing our emotions and actions. He wants His thoughts to fill our minds.
David also knew he needed a “right” spirit. He needed to have God touch his attitudes. We need that touch too. Often our spirits are full of negativity, hate, selfishness, greed, and lust. We need God to give us spirits that are full of hope, joy, peace, patience, goodness, and self-control. We need attitudes that help us reach out to each other, help us think the best about each other, and help us trust that God will use our lives to accomplish His good purposes. We need “right” spirits. When we ask God for the attitude adjustment, He promises to do so…are we ready for the healing touch?