|Psalms 51:2-7 |
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, strengtening 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
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.