Psalms Chapter 51
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1 (To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.) Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
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The psalmist prays for mercy, humbly confessing and lamenting his sins. (1-6) He pleads for pardon, that he may promote the glory of God and the conversion of sinners. (7-15) God is pleased with a contrite heart, A prayer for the prosperity of Zion. (16-19)
1-6 David, being convinced of his sin, poured out his soul to God in prayer for mercy and grace. Whither should backsliding children return, but to the Lord their God, who alone can heal them? he drew up, by Divine teaching, an account of the workings of his heart toward God. Those that truly repent of their sins, will not be ashamed to own their repentance. Also, he instructs others what to do, and what to say. David had not only done much, but suffered much in the cause of God; yet he flees to God's infinite mercy, and depends upon that alone for pardon and peace. He begs the pardon of sin. The blood of Christ, sprinkled upon the conscience, blots out the transgression, and, having reconciled us to God, reconciles us to ourselves. The believer longs to have the whole debt of his sins blotted out, and every stain cleansed; he would be thoroughly washed from all his sins; but the hypocrite always has some secret reserve, and would have some favorite lust spared. David had such a deep sense of his sin, that he was continually thinking of it, with sorrow and shame. His sin was committed against God, whose truth we deny by wilful sin; with him we deal deceitfully. And the truly penitent will ever trace back the streams of actual sin to the fountain of original depravity. He confesses his original corruption. This is that foolishness which is bound in the heart of a child, that proneness to evil, and that backwardness to good, which is the burden of the regenerate, and the ruin of the unregenerate. He is encouraged, in his repentance, to hope that God would graciously accept him. Thou desirest truth in the inward part; to this God looks, in a returning sinner. Where there is truth, God will give wisdom. Those who sincerely endeavour to do their duty shall be taught their duty; but they will expect good only from Divine grace overcoming their corrupt nature.
7-15 Purge me with hyssop, with the blood of Christ applied to my soul by a lively faith, as the water of purification was sprinkled with a bunch of hyssop. The blood of Christ is called the blood of sprinkling, #Heb 12:24|. If this blood of Christ, which cleanses from all sin, cleanse us from our sin, then we shall be clean indeed, #Heb 10:2|. He asks not to be comforted, till he is first cleansed; if sin, the bitter root of sorrow, be taken away, he can pray in faith, Let me have a well-grounded peace, of thy creating, so that the bones broken by convictions may rejoice, may be comforted. Hide thy face from my sins; blot out all mine iniquities out of thy book; blot them out, as a cloud is blotted out and dispelled by the beams of the sun. And the believer desires renewal to holiness as much as the joy of salvation. David now saw, more than ever, what an unclean heart he had, and sadly laments it; but he sees it is not in his own power to amend it, and therefore begs God would create in him a clean heart. When the sinner feels this change is necessary, and reads the promise of God to that purpose, he begins to ask it. He knew he had by his sin grieved the Holy Spirit, and provoked him to withdraw. This he dreads more than anything. He prays that Divine comforts may be restored to him. When we give ourselves cause to doubt our interest in salvation, how can we expect the joy of it? This had made him weak; he prays, I am ready to fall, either into sin or into despair, therefore uphold me with thy Spirit. Thy Spirit is a free Spirit, a free Agent himself, working freely. And the more cheerful we are in our duty, the more constant we shall be to it. What is this but the liberty wherewith Christ makes his people free, which is contrasted with the yoke of bondage? #Ga 5:1|. It is the Spirit of adoption spoken to the heart. Those to whom God is the God of salvation, he will deliver from guilt; for the salvation he is the God of, is salvation from sin. We may therefore plead with him, Lord, thou art the God of my salvation, therefore deliver me from the dominion of sin. And when the lips are opened, what should they speak but the praises of God for his forgiving mercy?
16-19 Those who are thoroughly convinced of their misery and danger by sin, would spare no cost to obtain the remission of it. But as they cannot make satisfaction for sin, so God cannot take any satisfaction in them, otherwise than as expressing love and duty to him. The good work wrought in every true penitent, is a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart, and sorrow for sin. It is a heart that is tender, and pliable to God's word. Oh that there were such a heart in every one of us! God is graciously pleased to accept this; it is instead of all burnt-offering and sacrifice. The broken heart is acceptable to God only through Jesus Christ; there is no true repentance without faith in him. Men despise that which is broken, but God will not. He will not overlook it, he will not refuse or reject it; though it makes God no satisfaction for the wrong done to him by sin. Those who have been in spiritual troubles, know how to pity and pray for others afflicted in like manner. David was afraid lest his sin should bring judgements upon the city and kingdom. No personal fears or troubles of conscience can make the soul, which has received grace, careless about the interests of the church of God. And let this be the continued joy of all the redeemed, that they have redemption through the blood of Christ, the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of his grace.
Chico's Psalms Chapter 51 comment on 3/10/2014, 1:10am...
David was a man after Gods own heart and it should remind us that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God The need for repentance is a daily reflection about our thoughts and words what we have done or what we have failed to do and allowing the spirit of God to direct our lives
Ar's Psalms Chapter 51 comment on 3/01/2014, 3:45pm...
This is a repentance psalm of David after he committed adultary in a very wicked way please read II Samuel chapter 12 and 13 to understand what he did knowing that what he was doing was a great sin God punished him severely for his sin David knew how to repent and humble himself in front of the Lord acknowledge his wrongdoings and ask for mercy from God so he could again worship him and do his sacrifices as usual but first he always repented It is a lesson to us that we too before starting our prayers in the morning or evening we must sincerely ask the Lord to forgive us our sins and do our prayers with a clean heart One cannot pray with a heavy heart full of burdens and heaviness and sin and thoughts that is why repentance is very important
Darthea's Psalms Chapter 51 comment on 2/28/2014, 2:40pm...
I read this last night and I didn t quit understand it so I looking up different words and asking the holy spirit to give me the understanding of psalms 51
Erick's Psalms Chapter 51 comment on 2/27/2014, 2:09am...
I ve sin and all my thoughts are sinful forgive Lord
Tommy's Psalms Chapter 51 comment about verse 10 on 2/25/2014, 1:16pm...
A new heart must be created and a right spirit RENEWED in a back slider AGAIN or he will be cast away from God s presence and have the Holy Spirit taken away from him as stated in verse 10 through to 14 The spirit of man is the intellect will mind conscience and other invisible faculties that make him a free moral agent and a rational being Both the soul and spirit of man are immortal
Rocky's Psalms Chapter 51 comment on 2/25/2014, 9:50am...
The psalm should not Be read as if you are reading a novel about David Read it so that it convicts you as if it is you it is talking about While reading regard yourself as the worst of all sinners no matter how great or small you have sinned This is how I approach my prayer It is good to recite this prayer each day This prayer is necessary when unlawful and unspiritual things are committed in sin You can drink in moderation wine is mentioned several times in the Bible You can go to a party but there should be ethics morals and decency there there should Be No drunkeness womanising and so on remember Christ went to a wedding and turned water into wine god is not against us doing worldly things Be in the world but Not of it That is the difference David was of the world because he committed lust fornication when reading psalm 51 have the mindset that his sin is nothing compared to mine this is humility when reading
Markquale's Psalms Chapter 51 comment on 2/23/2014, 10:10pm...
I like to read this psalm when i am going thru alot of problems or feeling ashamed But when I read it bring peace hope faith to my situation I like confess my sin it does help to confess I just want live the right way and be happy No more partying drinking smoking cheating
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