The Way Back (Psalm 51), Part IX

Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.

Psalm 51:9

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.

In verse nine, David tells the Lord that He wants Him to “hide His face from his sins.”  And he wants Him to “blot out all his iniquities.”  That is what we all want and what we all need when get away from the Lord and start sinning.  God is too holy to even look upon sin.  God cannot and will not bless when we are covered with sin.  We need something to take that sin away.

Fortunately, Jesus has made forgiveness and mercy available through His own perfect sacrifice.  Due to His sacrifice on the cross, we can now come “boldly to the throne of grace.”  We can now know that we can have forgiveness for our sin.  We can claim verses like I John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

It is a comforting thing to know that, when we do fail and sin, we can have forgiveness and that we know the One Who can give forgiveness.  He can blot out all of our iniquities and He can hide his face from our sins.  When we are seeking mercy, we can follow this example and prayer of David.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Praying to love forgiveness more and more, to not hesitate to come to Him for it! God bless you, Ben, and thanks for giving your time and energy to Him, for us!


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