The Way Back (Psalm 51), Part XV

Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.  O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

Psalm 51:14-15

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 15, David continues the theme of verse 14, in which he is singing praises to the Lord for His deliverance and mercy.  David shows an understanding that even our ability to praise the Lord comes from Him.  He asks that the Lord would “open thou my lips…”  He wants God to open his mouth so that he can sing praises.  He wants God to have complete control of his mouth.

When God controls our mouths, we are going to be praising Him, thanking Him, and telling others about His goodness, mercy and love.  When we control our mouths, we are likely going to be complaining, griping and gossiping.  When you think about it, what comes out of our mouths is a great indicator of who is controlling it.

We sin because our flesh is in control of our lives; we avoid sin when the Lord is in control of our lives.  When we find ourself sinning, we come to the Lord for forgiveness.  After we are forgiven, we need to make sure that we are allowing the Lord to control our lives and our mouths.  Are our “lips showing forth His praise” today?

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