The psalm gives expression to why David was “a man after God’s own heart”: he was not perfect, but he had a sensitivity to sin that few know about. It is the same word that is used in Genesis 1:1 for the ex-nihilo (out of nothing) creation of the world. The Heart Of Prayer. It is not just a river but an ocean within every one of us. Psalm 51:4 The Target of Sin. He reveals his love and he heals the soul. Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD. These are crimes worthy of death. 1–3). The over-all thrust, intent, and development of Psalm 32 may be summarized as follows: Life’s most important lessons about sin, confession, and forgiveness are skillfully shared by David through two avenues of approach. The blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7; Rev 1:5; cf. So, confession of sin is saying the same thing God does about our sin. Like David, it’s my joy to tell others of God’s grace and forgiveness, depending on Christ each step of the way. "Iniquity" (Psa 51:2) implies a perverseness. Certain sins bring a greater burden on the soul than others. It's their nature. Although the introduction to Psalm 51 in the MT is a later addition, it may accurately reflect the subject matter of this Psalm. Evil is what God says it is. But as in the Garden judgment still comes. Though a Christian knows God, they still deal with this monster every second of every day (1 John 1:8-10). Find by Lesson. To please him. He desired the Temple to be a safe place, to be fortified against all enemies. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you. And though his sin was great, David knew that God loved him too. 2:24-26). His sins deserved death. You need to trust in God’s steadfast love and mercy. The Psalm doesn't begin with an excuse, a pity party, or a minimization of what David did. 12:1-4; Psalm 51 Introduction. David knew that God would not fail to hear his plea. They are God's ordained means by which the Spirit works in a believer's heart when they have sinned against him. Gen 3:15; Psa 18:2, 46). Then it was used to sprinkle upon someone or the altar. He uses the plural: "transgressions." However, though one is set free from sin (John 8:36) they still sin. And with its deception, it can harden us. He has the right to demand perfection and obedience. Here is a Bible lesson for children based on Psalm 51 where David asks God to give him a clean heart. About Us Open Menu Close Menu. He desired to be in a willing and ready state of mind and heart to serve the Lord. Tears, apologies, and wordy sorrow won't do it. Only the application of Christ's righteous in grace can. David was not asking that God merely ignore his sins. THE PSALMS OF DAVID IN METRE Chapter 51 Verse 1 "Lord, to me compassion show, As thy tender mercies flow; In thy vast and boundless grace, My transgressions all erase; Wash me wholly from my; sins, Cleanse me from my guilty stains." He already knows what sins you will commit tomorrow and the next day. He did not want the worship or safety of Jerusalem endangered. Though he sinned by not obeying God and his conscience, now he expected to hear God's voice once again. The psalm begins: “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love” (v. 1). October 20, 2016 by PastorRich. David said in Psalm 5:3, “O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.” The depth of our sin, should drive us to God, not away from him. Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved. "Sin" (Psa 51:2) is missing the target that God has set. The very Cross itself (Col 2:14). 12:1-4; Psalm 51 Introduction. But godliness with contentment is great gain. He empowers us to hate sin as God does. Only in the atonement of Christ is it possible to have our sins washed away. Two women, Laura Barnett and Sandra Spannan, dressed in white, beckoned people to unburden their souls. The purification rite for those cured of leprosy, where two birds, cedar wood, hyssop, and scarlet (Lev 14:4, 6, 49, 51-52). Isa 6:7; Matt 6:12; Tit 2:14; Rev 7:14). . B. But his joy had been taken from him by his sin. All sin is directed against God. It is very important to note that David did not repentant immediately after his sin of adultery. Upon the Cross Jesus was given "a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch" (John 19:29). When God reveals our sin to us, it’s painful. "Search me, O God, and know my heart! David desired to be kept from falling again. This is not a psalm that is just about his reconciliation from the sins he committed, but a story of his walk with the Lord. Our total depravity can't be overcome by our good works; as they are as a filthy rags (Isa 64:6, menstrual cloths). 5 Lessons from Psalm 51. (Psalm 51:7) It is treason. We should not hesitate, but run to the Cross. chapters 11-12), Psalm 51 would have preceded Psalm 32. The Divine Love, Pt. However, God is also love (1 John 7-8). Our actions (when we are not putting on an act for others) flow from this inner person, from our heart of hearts. Its topic: Repentance. Home Devotionals. Christ's sacrifice was perfect and complete. In his love, Christ made full satisfaction for the sins of his people at Calvary (John 15:13). If you have time, you might want to consider in conjunction with Lesson 10, "David's Rise, Fall, and Punishment" (2 Samuel 8-12), David's two penitential psalms -- Psalm 51 and 32 give us some wonderful insights into the depth of sin and the wonder of God's grace. "Sin is any want of conformity unto, or transgression of, the law of God" (WSC 14). A dog behaves like a dog, and a lion a lion. 24), and he knows that blood alone can make him clean. David committed adultery, had Uriah murdered in combat, and Bathsheba moved in with him, etc. GWT says, "let the bones dance which thou hast broken." The genie promises to give him three wishes if the lad will release the genie from the bottle. Make me hear joy and gladness, That the bones You have broken may rejoice. But the meaning goes further. It is inclined to do evil (Jer 17:9). David expresses this great pain in the fifty-first psalm. Do good to Zion in your good pleasure; build up the walls of Jerusalem; then will you delight in right sacrifices, in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings; then bulls will be offered on your altar. Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart. This is what David desired. So how do we grow in a joy-giving habit of repentance? He did not desire to be an outcast. David knew his sin had many ramifications, including that of the nation of Israel (Psa 51:11). David as a King over a kingdom was concerned for his subjects. Kingdom, Covenants & Canon of the Old Testament, Your Kingdom Come: The Doctrine of Eschatology, He Gave Us Scripture: Foundations of Interpretation, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Thinking that you can hide your sin is but a fool's errand, as God is all-knowing. The is called the "atonement" (Heb 2:17). His prayer came to fruition in part in the first coming of Christ (John 1:29) and will ultimately be answered in the last Day at the Second Coming when Jesus gathers his bride called the church. David’s sin hurt multiple people. It was upon this occasion that David wrote Psalm 51. He offers a prayer for deep cleansing: "Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow." Confess your sins immediately and continually. In the New Testament, we learn that Jesus covered our sin by paying for them with his very life. In Christ, all Christians are sprinkled with the blood of Jesus Christ (Heb 12:24-25). God's unmerited grace is the only hope for each of us. Their sins are covered, or atoned for; the ugly stain and its condemnation is removed. Paul says, "blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin" (Rom 4:8). O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. The psalm begins: “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love” (v. 1). He loves Paul, who persecuted his church. Psalm 51 may be related to Psalm 32, i.e., possibly David's sin; Psalm 32 may have been written later in David's life. And a sinner acts like a sinner. What could be worse? While one may not be able to identify each and every victim, one can surely at least identify one, God himself. However, it was not only in forgiveness itself. He loves Peter though he betrayed Jesus three times. What the burning of bulls did not accomplish, the Cross did (Heb 10:12). 2 Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. It is a personal prayer. Some time had passed. And that's the attitude of David in Psalm 51. Adultery becomes a mere fling. There are many spiritual lessons that we as Christians can learn from a study of the Psalms. He wants to praise God's righteousness whose crowning work is to make the sinner himself righteous. This Psalm is not only a confession, but also a teaching song. Psalm 51:1. The “Lament” Psalms, Lesson 5: Psalm 51. David desired to be restored to worship God, so Jerusalem could worship God in spirit and truth too (cf. Repentance is a gift given only in God's time (Acts 11:18; 2 Tim. Wash … Zion was a hill in Jerusalem. Rather it begins with a loud cry to God; "Have mercy on … And "evil" (Psa 51:4) refers to the ugly, repulsive nature of sin against God. This psalm is a straightforward confession of rebellion against God with a plea for Him to restore David and the promise of a faithful life in the future. If you are God's he loves you. For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering. A Closer Look Episodes. David's' sin has been exposed by God. Rather it begins with a loud cry to God; "Have mercy on … So, David was not concerned about losing the seal of the Spirit (Eph 1:13-14). David prays, “Let the bones you have crushed rejoice” (v. 8). As King, he has a right to judge those in his kingdom. This must especially be true of those of us who are Christians. And yet he says to God, “against you, you only, have I sinned” (v. 4). He knows us inside and out. Psalm 51:1 The Plea of a Humbled King. Having been warned not to let the sun go down on our anger, we made sure to cover all possibilities of sins we may have committed during the day. And that's the attitude of David in Psalm 51. There is no defense of sin before God. We can be trapped in a similar way in our prayers, taking the Lord's Supper, etc. But the joy of forgiveness should compel us to share the good news with friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors. This penitential psalm should be studied along with Psalm 32, in which David describes the blessedness and joy of one who has received the forgiveness prayed for in this psalm. There was nothing in us whereof to make it. The nuclear guilt will remain. One sin rolled down the dunghill and infected: Bathsheba, Uriah, David's son, and his kingdom. (Rom 3:23). They are the "justified." Scriptures: 2 Sam. She’s the author of Real: The Surprising Secret to Deeper Relationships and a co-author of A Christ-Centered Wedding. "Wash me" and "cleanse me" is Hebrew poetry. Echoing Psalm 51:1, David knew his sin was grievous to God (Hab 1:13), but asked that God would "hide his face" from his sins. Hollywood celebrated Elliot Page for no longer identifying as a woman, but disowned Becket Cook for no longer identifying as gay. 32:3-4), God brought David to repentance in His time! But this makes matters even worse compounding the sin and guilt. We aren't sinners because we sin, we sin because we're sinners. Psalm 51:7-10 Longing for a Good Cleansing. Psalm … If we were the lad… Psalm 51 may be related to Psalm 32, i.e., possibly David's sin; Psalm 32 may have been written later in David's life. Satan is cunning. There is a deep moral pollution within all of us. David's desired his sins before God gone. Confession of sin is not only about ourselves, but others too. Others try to deaden it with drugs, alcohol or other indulgences. 11; Jer 17:9; Rom 3:23). David desired God's Temple to be a place of genuine sacrifices; a place that truly honored and worshiped God. For many in Israel, their sacrificial system became one of works; one of rituals and not of a humble repentant heart. Psalm 51. When used with an active verb it means to do something repeatedly. My brother and I had a nightly childhood ritual of asking one another’s forgiveness for a list of vague sins. For all his unworthiness, David knows that he still belongs to God. What is dead becometh not alive, except by the infusion of what it had not. This is that which the Scriptures does abundantly commend unto us in sundry places (Psalm 73:1; Psalm 24:3, 4; Matthew 5:8).This cleanness and purity of heart is commended as the principal thing to be pursued by us, upon a double account. Who is God? Psalm 51:13-15 The Fruit of Restoration. He understood that he could have the offense of his sins removed from his soul. Not pleased with sacrifices? PSALMS LESSON 51 We will begin this lesson by giving the 51st Psalm in metre. How can that be? THE PSALMS OF DAVID IN METRE Chapter 51 Verse 1 "Lord, to me compassion show, As thy tender mercies flow; In thy vast and boundless grace, My transgressions all erase; Wash me wholly from … 11:3-4). Here’s 10 Lessons We Learned from Psalms 51-100 1. God looks upon the heart. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! David wrote this Psalm. The initial stages of leprosy include raw patches of flesh, which later becomes white with flakes of dry skin. It should not be minimized. The Holy Spirit was doing his work of repentance within him (2 Tim 2:24-26). When I read Psalm 51 (written by David after the prophet Nathan confronted him with his sin), I realize how lacking my childhood confessions were. David begged for mercy; not justice. David knew he deserved death, but was anticipating rejoicing in the Lord. 1–3). The Psalm doesn't begin with an excuse, a pity party, or a minimization of what David did. This psalm is an interpretation of … Use this free preschool Bible lesson to teach some basic concepts about sin and the saving love of God. . He once again desired the comforting presence of God that caused him joy previously. How could David say that God did not delight in them? Try me and know my thoughts!" David understood the horribleness of his sin. Title: A Study of Psalm 51 Author: Everett F. Harrison Subject: Psalms, Psalm 51, Bathsheba, Old Testament, Bible, Everett Harrison, Bibliotheca Sacra, Hildebrandt Though a great King, before God, David is a humble man. He knows hyssop signifies purification with blood (see Ex. Though he never personally witnessed the finished work of Christ upon Calvary, he understood the promise of Genesis 3:15, what was foreshadowed in the law and repeatedly announced by the prophets. It saddens him (Jer 8:18-9:3). Some ignore it hoping the guilt will simply disappear. 4 Lessons from the story of Naaman and Elisha. Abraham was a friend of God. David also says his sin is deep—there is no minimizing or excusing it. He was looking for a restored church; a restored people. David knew this, but in his prayer he says, "Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight.". It was a symbolic act of God's cleansing our hearts before him. We see that God did answer David in the sequel to this prayer in Psalm 32. 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