|Psalms 51 |
1 [A Psalm of David after Nathan the prophet had confronted him for adultery with Bathsheba and having her husband Uriah slain in battle, 2 Sam 12 .] Have mercy upon me, O God, according to your loving kindness; according to the multitude of your tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
Have mercy upon me, O God, according to your loving kindness; according to the multitude of your tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I acknowledge my transgressions; and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against you, you only, I have sinned and done evil in your sight, so that you are justified when you speak, and blameless when you judge.
5 I was born in iniquity; and my mother conceived me in sin. [David is not saying he was born in sin or born as a sinner; he is saying he was born in a world of iniquity; for Jesus said, "Allow the little children to come to me, and do not forbid them, for of such is the kingdom of heaven," Mat 19:14. Since only the pure enter the kingdom, even little children that walked to Jesus, as he was preaching, were declared innocent by him; and common sense tells us infants are without sin. From the Word of the Lord within: "What sin could an infant commit?" If we were born with sin, then infants who die would be sent to Hell without their having committed a single sin; that would signal God to be unjust, and he is just beyond measure. Further, David's mother was undoubtedly a sinner in the time she conceived David, but she did not commit sin by conceiving David for Paul said, "Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept undefiled," Heb 13:4.]
6 Behold, you desire truth in the inward being; make me to know wisdom in the inmost part.1 [To receive wisdom, you must turn inward, to wait on God in humble silence, listening, watching, hearing, and then obeying. You hear Him speak His word from within your heart; that is the word that the Apostles preached. From the Word of the Lord within: "Turn inward to discover the mysteries." Because what may be known of God is revealed in them; Rom 1:19. To know wisdom in the inmost part is not head knowledge; it is understandings and teachings received by revelation from God, which if heeded the words are engrafted and written in your heart, strengthening the inner man, which is the life of God, Christ within you; for the words that He speaks to you are Spirit and life-giving, John 6:63 . Since Christ is the truth and the wisdom of God, both are written in your heart.]
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.2
8 Make me hear joy and gladness; that the bones which you have broken may rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.3
11 Cast me not away from your presence and do not take your holy spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit.
13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners shall be converted to you.
14 Deliver me from blood guiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation, and my tongue shall sing aloud of your righteousness.
15 O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth your praise.
16 For you do not desire sacrifice, else would I give it; you do not delight in burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart,4 O God, you will not despise.
18 Do good in your good pleasure to Zion; build the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering; then they shall offer bullocks upon your altar.
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1 you desire truth in the inward being; make me to know wisdom in the inmost part. True Christianity is not about outward praying, singing, reading the Bible, listening to sermons, getting wet, eating bread and drinking grape juice — Christianity is supposed to be about a changed heart, a heart cleansed from evil, a heart purified, a circumcised heart — the inward religion of worship from the Spirit in the heart. Man begins life with a heart full of evil, full of selfishness, full of wants, full of love of pleasures, full of lust — with the spirit of Satan that was sown in all of mankind's hearts when Adam and Eve fell to the temptation to think for themselves, deciding like God, what was good or bad (evil) for them, and giving up their bond with God that prompted them through their lives.
From the Word of the Lord within: "Turn inward to discover the mysteries." Because what may be known of God is revealed in them; for God has shown it to them. Rom 1:19.
To receive wisdom, you must turn inward, to wait on God in humble silence, listening, watching, hearing, and then obeying. You hear Him speak His word from within your heart; that is the word that the Apostles preached. To know wisdom in the inmost part is not head knowledge; it is understandings and teachings received from God, which if heeded the words are engrafted and written in your heart, strengthening the inner man, which is the life of God, Christ within you; for the words that He speaks to you are Spirit and life-giving. Since Christ is the truth and the wisdom of God, both are written in your heart.
2 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; By mercy and love, truth and fidelity, iniquity is purged out of the heart. Pro 16:6. Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump. 1 Cor 5:7. Man must go to God, to be purged of that evil spirit, to receive the spirit of God in sufficient measure to control him.
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. I have retained your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:9,11. (To heed according to your word, is to listen, pay attention, and obey the words heard.) Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, Eph 5:25-26. (So by listening to his words, and obeying him, you are cleansed and sanctified). Peter said to him, "You shall never wash my feet." Jesus answered him, "If I don't wash you, you can have no part with me." John 13:8. Hyssop was the Old Testament symbol of purging; the New Testament's purging is the blood of Jesus: by the blood of Jesus, Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled [with the blood of Jesus] from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water [the water of the word]. Heb 10:19,22.
3 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. The Bible cannot cleanse you, sanctify you, and give you new Life; but Jesus, the Word of God, speaking words you hear, can and does for those who obey. Jesus said: The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life-giving. John 6:63. Jesus said to his disciples: Now you are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. John 15:3. Through obedience to the words heard within your heart, the Holy Spirit is given to a man. Acts 5:32, Pro 1:23,33. And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them a heart of flesh. Eze 11:19. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. Eze 36:27.
4 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart. Religion is about a change of heart. Your heart and spirit must be broken by God, before you can receive his powerful change by grace to a new heart. The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit. Psalm 34:18. (Contrite means: feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses.)
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart—these, O God, You will not despise. Psalm 51:17.
For thus says the High and Lofty One, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones." Isaiah 57:15.
Cast away from you all your transgressions, by which you have transgressed; and get a new heart and a new spirit. For why will you die, O house of Israel? For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent and live! Ezek 18:31-32.
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