Someone (I can’t remember who) once said that God is more interested about changing and shaping us so that we become more like Him than letting us have our own ways in everything. Imagine how chaotic that would be! It pains me when I see some people interpreting God’s Word to fit their own desires (lust of the flesh), and not by the context.
I like the way it’s written in NLT. (Psalm 51:12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.) When you spend more time with the Lord, somehow you change. At least, I know I’ve changed. Sometimes I don’t even notice myself changing but I know He’s changing me everyday. My part is the willingness to rest in Him and trust Him which means allowing the potter to shape this lump of clay…
Hebrews 12:1-2 Amplified Bible (AMP)
12 Therefore then, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us,
2 Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Psalm 51:10-13 New Living Translation (NLT)
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God.
Renew a loyal spirit within me.
11 Do not banish me from your presence,
and don’t take your Holy Spirit[a] from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and make me willing to obey you.
13 Then I will teach your ways to rebels,
and they will return to you.