Psalm 51

ps51.jpgGreetings!  This is such a powerful Psalm, written by David after he sinned with Bathsheba and had her husband killed.  The prophet Nathan rebuked him (see 2 Samuel 12) and he repented.

We need more songs like this in church instead of the happy-clappy kind.  David is thoroughly honest in declaring his state before God.

This contains the hope and knowledge that God can and will forgive sins if we just ask him.  He loves to forgive.  He promises to forgive.  But we need to repent – that is, turn from our sins – and turn to him.  No matter what sins you have committed forgiveness is possible.  That is the Good News.

Psalm 51

For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.

1 Have mercy on me, O God,

according to your unfailing love;

according to your great compassion

blot out my transgressions.

2 Wash away all my iniquity

and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I know my transgressions,

and my sin is always before me.

4 Against you, you only, have I sinned

and done what is evil in your sight,

so that you are proved right when you speak

and justified when you judge.

David realized that his sin was against God.  We often rationalize that our sins are harmless or only hurt people, but each one is a sin against God.  We have done what is evil in his sight.

5 Surely I was sinful at birth,

sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

6 Surely you desire truth in the inner parts;

you teach me wisdom

in the inmost place.

7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;

wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

8 Let me hear joy and gladness;

let the bones you have crushed rejoice.

9 Hide your face from my sins

and blot out all my iniquity.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,

and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

V. 10 is great to memorize.  We all need that at times.

11 Do not cast me from your presence

or take your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation

and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,

and sinners will turn back to you.

When we have truly repented we can help others avoid the sins we committed.

14 Save me from bloodguilt, O God,

the God who saves me,

and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.

15 O Lord, open my lips,

and my mouth will declare your praise.

16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;

you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.

17 The sacrifices of God are a

broken spirit;

a broken and contrite heart,

O God, you will not despise.

18 In your good pleasure make Zion prosper;

build up the walls of Jerusalem.

19 Then there will be righteous sacrifices,

whole burnt offerings to delight you;

then bulls will be offered on your altar.

The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

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