The Way Back (Psalm 51), Part VIII

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.  Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.

Psalm 51:7-8

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.

If you have ever been backslidden and have ever strayed from the Lord, you know exactly what David is talking about in verse 8: “Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.”  When, as Christians, we start sinning, we don’t enjoy it.  There is something deep down that is miserable.  There is something inside us that hurts.  We have no gladness and we can feel that our spiritual “bones” have been broken.

When we come back to the Lord for forgiveness and mercy, just as David did, one of the things that we want is to feel that joy and gladness again.  We want to experience the spiritual healing that only the Great Physician can bring.  One of the most wonderful things about the Lord’s forgiveness is that fact that He allows us to once again feel joy and gladness.  That pain and emptiness we felt is replaced with joy.  Whereas our spirit was broken, it is now healed.  We once again have fellowship with the Spirit.  We can once again rejoice!

If we ever find ourselves in sin, we need to immediately run to the Saviour for forgiveness and mercy.  That is the only way to find joy again.

4 responses to this post.

  1. This is so true Ben! I do not know why so often we wait to run to the Savior. What pride holds us back from the arms of love that would embrace and heal us?


    • I agree – I can look at my life and see times when pride has held me back from coming to Him. It’s a terrible thing to know that you are wrong but refuse to come to the One who can (and is willing to) help.


  2. The way you described us when we sin, that feeling of emptiness and pain, that He turns into joy . . .really good job, Ben! Thank you for pointing us to Jesus, for forgiveness, always! God bless you!


    • That’s the only place that we will ever find that forgiveness. He stands waiting and ready to forgive, but we have put down our pride and come to Him. If only we would do that quickly and often!


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