Sunday, July 18, 2004

Psalms 51 A Prayer of Salvation

Psalms 51:1 <<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.

2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin [is] ever before me.

4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done [this] evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, [and] be clear when thou judgest.

5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden [part] thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; [that] the bones [which] thou hast broken may rejoice.

9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me [with thy] free spirit.

13 [Then] will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: [and] my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.

15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give [it]: thou delightest not in burnt offering.

17 The sacrifices of God [are] a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.


If ever there was a prayer of salvation in the Old Testiment, here it is.  David has given us so many beautiful songs in the Psalms and here is one you can see where he was broken by and on his face for forgivness.  In this one song there are so many truths, as the Word does not come back void.   

Is this your song today? I am struck by the last few parts.  God doesn't disre sacrifices, but a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart.  Is your heart broken today, are you broken today?  Do you reconize YOU have sinned and deseve God's judgment?    Ask him to give you a right spirit, a clean heart, to give you the Joy of HIS salvation, and it is yours as a gift. He will blot out your trangressions, he will wash you and you will be clean as snow.  He will cast your sins as far as the east is from the west.  East and West may not sound very far to you, but if you notice, East and West never do meet, so your sins will never meet in God's sight, IF you ask him for forgivness, you will get it recive him.                   

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