Communion is a time we gather once a week or once a month as a community of faith. In this sacrament we remember both what Christ did for us at the cross and what He continues to do for us. Through Christ we can be cleansed, forgiven, and restored to a right relationship with God.
In Psalm 51 we find ourselves with David just after he has been convicted of his transgressions with Bathsheba and Uriah. In the opening verses we can hear David’s pain and sorrow just pouring out. A man who is known for being close to God’s heart finds himself away from God because of his own actions. David acknowledges the sinful nature inherently in all of mankind. He acknowledges that his sin is against God. And he acknowledges that God desires more. All of this is true of us and our relationship with God as well.
Our reality is that we sin more than once a week and certainly more than once a month. We need to come before God more regularly than at the communion table. And His good news is that we can. Lamentations 3 reminds us that God’s mercy and compassion never fail. They are new every morning and great is His faithfulness. Each day, each hour, each moment we can come before our loving God to be made new.
David goes on past confession and we must also go there. In the second half of the psalm he asks God to create in him a pure heart and a steadfast spirit. He asks God to restore the joy of His salvation within. May the God of all love, hope, and mercy create in each of us a pure and willing heart and a steadfast spirit that willingly kneels at the cross of Jesus Christ each day, each hour, and each moment.
Scripture reference: Psalm 51: 1-12