The Way Back (Psalm 51), Part XI

Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.  Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.  Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

Psalm 51: 9-11

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 11, David touches on some of the greatest fears any Christian could ever possibly experience.  He asks the Lord to “Cast me not away from thy presence” and “take not thy holy spirit from me.”  None of us want to be cast from his presence.  That would be the most fearful thing we could ever imagine.

While we have wonderful promises in the New Testament like the one found in Ephesians 4:30, “…grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption,” we can still have a broken fellowship with our Father.  We can still experience the unanswered prayer and chastisement that marks a fellowship broken by sin.  We are not necessarily “cast from His presence.”  Even more sadly, through sin, we can stray from His presence.  Imagine that – when we sin, we turn our back on the Lord and try to leave His presence.

That is never a good place to be, as many through the years (including David in this passage) have found.  We need to strive to avoid sin and walk with the Lord every single day.

2 responses to this post.

  1. I really appreciated how you showed we could have a broken relationship with Him, due to our sin. That grieves me to even think about, let alone when it happens. God bless you for pointing us to how to have a right relationship with Jesus!

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