The Way Back (Psalm 51), Part XIII

Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.  Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

Psalm 51:12-13

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 13 gives us one of the reasons that we need to return to the Lord when we have strayed and one of the results that we should experience from our returning to the Lord.  David tells us here that, after he has been forgiven and restored, “Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.”  After we come to the Lord for forgiveness and cleansing, then it’s time to get to work.

When we are walking with the Lord and fellowshipping with Him, we are going to teach transgressors His ways, and we are going to encourage sinners to be converted to Him.  We are going to get His Word out and tell others about Him when we have experienced His forgiveness in our own lives.

One of the signs that we have returned to the Lord is the desire to teach others about Him and see others come to Him.  The feeling of being forgiven and the joy and freedom that comes with it should inspire us to want others to experience that forgiveness, joy and freedom.  How are we doing teaching others about Him?

4 responses to this post.

  1. One of the signs that we have returned to the Lord is the desire to teach others about Him and see others come to Him. The feeling of being forgiven and the joy and freedom that comes with it should inspire us to want others to experience that forgiveness, joy and freedom. – This is such a powerful truth Ben and it makes me wonder why I don’t see this desire overflowing from more Christian lives!

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    • That’s something I’ve wondered too. There are even times I look at my own life and wonder why I fail at this so often. Sadly, I think that way, way too many Christians are are backslidden and rebellious and don’t even realize it.

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  2. Thank you for helping us look closely at this verse . . .and at our lives, to see how we are doing. God bless you, Ben, for the challenges you bring from His word!

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