The Way Back (Psalm 51), Part IV

Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.  For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.  Against thee, thee only , have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.

Psalm 51:2-4

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.

Verse four gives us an idea of the nature of sin and the correct attitude toward sin.  In this verse, David acknowledges that his sin is against God.  All sin is ultimately against God.  Whether we steal, or cheat, or lie, or just have a bad attitude, our sin is rebellion against God.  We might think that we are sinning against another person, which we may be, but ultimately, we are sinning against God.  David could have looked at his sin as sin against Bathsheeba or Uriah, but he understood that it was really a sin against God.

David also acknowledged that God is the judge.  He had transgressed God’s law and must now face God’s judgement.  “…that thou mightest me justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.”  He had sinned against God and must now stand before God and take whatever judgment He felt right.

When we sin, we need to understand that our sin is a sin against God Himself.  God makes the rules and we are to follow them.  When we break one of His rules, we must face His judgment.  This should drive us to the Lord for mercy, just as David did when he sinned.

2 responses to this post.

  1. It is hard enough to know we’ve hurt another by our sin . . .but even harder to know that we have sinned against God . .. sinned against the One who died for us. Thank you, Ben , and God bless you as you stay humbled and asking forgiveness today!


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