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S (Scripture): Psalm 51:8
Oh, give me back my joy again;
you have broken me--
now let me rejoice.
O (Observation): God humbles David after his sin of coveting Bathsheba, stealing her after he sends her husband Urriah off to war to die.
A (Application): I often laugh inside when we sing the song; Melt Me – Mold Me – Fill Me – Heal Me – Use Me!! I Laugh because inside I am far too aware of what we are asking God to do. We use these words, mold me, shape me....God you are the Potter and I am the clay. Yet we often let the words skim over our lips without thinking about what we are asking God to do. Clay is beaten and pounded in order to become loose for molding. That is what the potter does in order to create what needs to be formed.
David is able to acknowledge that THIS is exactly what has happened to him. You have broken me. King David had misused his power for his own benefit rather than for God's. God has a way of humbling those in leadership positions. But it is David's response in this psalm to find himself desperate for God's mercy and healing. Now broken, rejoicing is possible. That is the good news in singing that song....if we remember what we are asking God to do.
P (Prayer): Lord, mold me, humble me, break me, if necessary....so that I may be formed and shaped by your hands.