Archive for August 16th, 2012

Psalm 51

Psalm 51 is a chapter about the impact of sin.  The psalmist is writing about how God sees and deals with sin.  He begins by pleading for mercy – calling on God’s “steadfast love….abundant mercy”.  The good news for us is that we serve a God who never runs out of love.  And He is filled with abundant mercy.  Remember that mercy is when God doesn’t give us what we deserve.  Scripture tells us that all of us are guilty of sin, and the wages of sin is death.  That is what we deserve, but by God’s mercy we can be set free from the eternal separation that sin will cause.

The psalmist talks about the ask we make and the things that God can do in regard to our sin.  We can be set free.  The psalmist begins by stating “I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me”.  We have to begin by admitting that we are sinners.  It isn’t really open for discussion – we all sin.  So we need to confess, repent and seek His redemption.  God is there waiting for us to come to Him with a heart seeking His forgiveness.

When we do, we see these kind of responses from a loving and merciful God:

–       “wash me

–       Cleanse me

–       Purge me

–       Create in me a clean heart

–       Cast me not away

–       Restore to me the joy of your salvation

–       Uphold me with a willing spirit

–       Deliver me

God will set us free from the burden of sin – not the consequences – but the result.  He will cleanse us and make us white as snow.

And if you were thinking you could fix this by yourself – think again.  “For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.  The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart”.  God doesn’t want our sacrifice – he wants a broken and contrite heart.  He wants a heart that is dedicated to the Savior – a personal relationship between you and me the sinner, and Jesus Christ the sacrifice that is acceptable in His sight.  He wants us to get right with Him through the shed blood of His Son.  Jesus died to set us free.  All that is between us and that forgiveness is ourselves.  We have to receive the gift of grace and let Jesus be our Savior!

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