Biblical Inspiration: Psalm 51

Okay, so the other day I slipped up. I was at a party and there was this guy… yeah, I slipped up. But I have been reminded again that God does not abandon me when I slip up. However, I have also been reminded that we still need to seek forgiveness because when we slip up, it is against God that we sin. Even if no one else is hurt, God still hurts when one of His children sins against Him.

Psalm 51 is a very special psalm to me. God spoke through it during my first break up and He still uses it whenever I need both a lesson in discipline and a reminder that He is with me.

I like to think that David felt the same way when He wrote this psalm. For a little bit of context, google David and Bathsheba, if you don’t already know the story. Oh, and change the concept of adultery for that of rape – Bathsheba wasn’t exactly in a position to say no to a king. So you could say that David most definitely slipped up. This psalm is basically him pleading with God for forgiveness and accepting that he has sinned before God. There is even a sense that he can’t quite forgive himself, “my sin ever before me”, which I can completely understand. Yet there is still this overriding but subtle acknowledgement that God has not abandoned David but still has more to teach him.

Yes, you heard that right. David knows God has not abandoned him in the midst of his sin. I can’t quite find the words to describe just how in awe I am of God’s ability to forgive continuously. It’s not even that He forgives but keeps David at arm’s length! He forgives David and continues to teach him wisdom! If God can do that for David after he commited adultery/rape (depending on how you interpret the cultural context), then I can come before Him for forgiveness. He won’t keep me at a distance for fear I might infect Him with sin. No! When God forgives, we are brought into His presence and taught wisdom.

Just let it sink in.

God forgives those who seek His forgiveness.

God teaches those who seek His forgiveness.

God wants to forgive you!

He is a just God who is justified in His words, who delights in truth, and teaches wisdom. If we acknowledge our sin before Him, we can seek forgiveness.

Have mercy on me, O God,
    according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
    blot out my transgressions.  
Wash away all my iniquity
    and cleanse me from my sin.*
xxx
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One Response to Biblical Inspiration: Psalm 51

  1. ..and just look at how David was used by God after being forgiven!
    I am always amazed by "I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more" (Is 43:25)….can you imagine for a moment that we would ever 'remember no more' when someone had hurt us?
    Ps 103:12 He "removes our sins as far from us as the east is from the west" – that's a mighty long way by anyone's standards!

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