The Way Back (Psalm 51), Part XIV

Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.

Psalm 51:14

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 14, David shows that he understands just how serious his sin is.  He asks the Lord to “Deliver me from bloodguiltiness…”  He knew that, under the Old Testament law, there was no sacrifice for adultery or murder.  Those were offenses punishable by death and David was well aware of this.  He understood that his only hope was in the mercy and deliverance of God Himself.  In this verse, he referred to God as “thou God of my salvation.”  The deliverance and mercy of the God of his salvation was the only way he could be pardoned from his great sins.

David also shows us the proper response to God’s great mercy and forgiveness: “…my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.”  David had no righteousness of which to sing, but the God of his salvation had a perfect righteousness.  He is going to praise the Lord for His great mercy and forgiveness.

When we sin, we need to understand the seriousness of our sin and that our forgiveness is based entirely on the mercy of the Lord Jesus.  When we understand that, we will, with David, sing aloud of the righteousness of the God of our salvation.

2 responses to this post.

  1. His forgiveness is certainly something to sing about! God bless you, Ben!


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