A familiar scripture verse popped into my heart during my walk yesterday morning. Just the simple little phrase “renew a right spirit within me” found in Psalm 51:10. I took note of the word “right” found in the verse. We all want to be “right”, don’t we? We want to know that we’re “correct”…that we’ve carefully thought things through and have come to the most obvious conclusion. Nobody wants to hear others say of them “You’re WRONG.” But look at the word immediately following the word “right” in this verse from Psalms. It’s the word “spirit”. So, this verse is talking about more than “being correct” or “having a good or compelling argument.” It’s talking about being “right” on the inside…in our spirit.
You don’t have to look very far to find controversy and varying opinions on a large variety of topics these days. Sometimes it’s hard to figure out who’s “right” and who’s “wrong” because people make compelling arguments, and are so passionate about the things they believe. When people think they’re “right” they often disdain those who believe differently from them…that’s when things can get pretty ugly.
I’ll submit to you today that you can be “right” in your thinking, “right” in your conclusions, “right” in your understanding, “right” in your argument and debate, AND STILL BE WRONG IN YOUR SPIRIT. And, a person who has a “wrong” spirit will never come off as being “right” no matter how correct they think they are.
I’ll also submit to you that a person who is “right” in their spirit should not get uptight when others think they’re wrong in their thinking, arguments or conclusions. That’s because having a “right” spirit brings inner peace that cant be stolen or argued away by a person who thinks differently from you.
David prayed the prayer in Psalm 51 as a prayer of repentance after he had sinned. Sin takes away the “right spirit” within us…David sensed that, and prayed to have the “right spirit” renewed and restored within him. There will never be full agreement on what is “right” and “wrong” on this planet as long as sin remains an issue. So, I leave you with this thought today: there’s something more important than being “right”…there’s having a “right” spirit.
“Lord, renew a right spirit in me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen!”