The Way Back (Psalm 51), Part III

Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.  For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

Psalm 51:2-3

The fifty-first Psalm is one of my favorite Psalms and one of my favorite chapters in the Bible.  It is the song and prayer of David’s confession after his sins of adultery with Bathsheeba and subsequent murder of her husband, Uriah.  In my opinion, this chapter is the best example in the Bible of a prayer of a true penitent.  If we ever find ourselves having sinned, this is the chapter that shows us “the way back to God.”  We will take a couple of weeks and look at it verse by verse.

Today, we will look at the third verse.  When confessing sin in our lives and getting right with God, one of the first steps is to admit that we have sinned.  So many people refuse to take that first and very important step.  So many people try to make excuses for their sin or try to shift the blame for their sin to someone else.  But David did neither of these things.  He said “For I acknowledge my transgressions…”  He acknowledged the simple fact that he had sinned. Sadly, that is farther than many people ever get.

He also said in this verse that “…my sin is ever before me.”  He felt a “godly sorrow” for his sin.  (II Corinthians 7:10)  When we sin, our conscience does not let us rest.  We feel bad about our sin (or at least we should feel bad about it).  When we sin, God will show us that sin so that we can deal with it and get right with Him.  Until we come to the Lord for forgiveness, we have that sin “ever before us.”

David acknowledged his the fact that he had sinned and he acknowledged the fact that his sin was ever before him, torturing his spirit.  He had sinned and he wasn’t happy about it.  That is the proper attitude we need to have to approach the Lord for forgiveness and mercy.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Great point , Ben. Praying that my sin always tortures me, so I come to Jesus for forgiveness asap. God bless you!


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