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Upgrade, and get the most out of your new account. Try it free for 30 days. Psalm 50 Psalm Enrich your faith and grow in spiritual maturity with the incredible Bible study and devotional books listed below. Try it for 30 days FREE. Cancel at any time. You must be logged in to view your newly purchased content. Here is what Paul said in Romans 3: This is one of the most important sentences in the Bible for understanding how Christ relates to the Psalms — and to the Old Testament in general:. God put [Christ] forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith.
It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. Now that is the objective reality of how David is forgiven for his sin and justified in the presence of God. Some might say that Christians after the death of Jesus do not pray and confess this way.
They should not think and feel this way. Jesus, once for all, by his life and death, purchased our forgiveness and provided our righteousness.
We can add nothing to the purchase or the provision. We share in the forgiveness and the righteousness by faith alone. But in view of the holiness of God and the evil of sin, it is fitting that we appropriate and apply what he bought for us by prayer and confession every day. Daily request for bread, because he has promised to meet every need; daily pray appropriation of forgiveness, because it is fully purchased and secured for us by the death of Jesus.
This is a psalm about how be crushed for our sin well. First, he turns to his only hope, the mercy and love of God. David knew that there were guilty who would not be forgiven. And there were guilty who by some mysterious work of redemption would not be counted as guilty, but would be forgiven. Psalm 51 is his way of laying hold on that mystery of mercy. We know more of the mystery of this redemption than David did.
But we lay hold of the mercy in the same way he did. The first thing he does is turn helpless to the mercy and love of God. Today that means turning helpless to Christ. Second, he prays for cleansing from his sin. David is crying out to God as his ultimate priest that he would forgive him and count him clean from his sin.
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It is fitting that Christians ask God to do this 1 John 1: Christ has purchased our forgiveness. He has paid the full price for it. That does not replace our asking.
It is the basis for our asking. It is the reason we are confident that the answer will be yes. So first David looks helplessly to the mercy of God.
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And second he prays that, in this mercy, God would forgive him and make him clean. It is blazoned on his conscience. The tape keeps playing. Nathan had said David despised God and scorned his word. So David says in verse 4: It means that what makes sin to be sin is that it is against God. Hurting man is bad. It is horribly bad.
Sin is an attack on God — a belittling of God. David admits this in striking terms: There is no self-justification.
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If God casts David into hell, God will be innocent. This is radical God-centered repentance. This is the way saved people think and feel. God would be just to damn me. And that I am still breathing is sheer mercy. And that I am forgiven is sheer blood-bought mercy. David vindicates the righteousness of God, not himself. David does the opposite. For him the fact that he committed adultery and murdered and lied are expressions of something worse: He is by nature that way. If God does not rescue him, he will do more and more evil.
God had made him wise. David had done so many wise things. And then sin got the upper hand. And, for David, this made it all the worse.
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Oh, how deep must be my depravity that it could sin against so much light. So in those five ways at least David joins the prophet Nathan and God in condemning his sin and confessing the depths of his corruption. He pleads for renewal.
He is passionately committed to being changed by God. He pours out his heart for this change in at least six ways. I can only draw your attention to them. The main point is: