The Way Back (Psalm 51), Part XVIII

Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.

Psalm 51:18

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.

At first glance, verse 18 doesn’t seem to fit in with the rest of the chapter.  The whole chapter is David’s repentance.  In nearly every verse, he is expressing sorrow for his sin or asking the Lord for mercy and forgiveness.  But in this verse, he asks the Lord to “do good in thy pleasure unto Zion” and to “build thou the walls of Jerusalem.”

I think that the reason for this verse is that, when we are forgiven and we have our fellowship with the Lord restored, we are going to want the things that He wants.  We are going to be led by Him to pray for His will to be done.  David knew that the Lord loved Zion and Jerusalem and he wanted to pray for what the Lord wanted.

Sinning damages our fellowship with the Lord and hinders our walk with Him.  But coming back to Him for forgiveness and mercy will bring us back in tune with Him and will help us to walk with Him and desire the things that He desires.

The things that we pray for help us to know where we are spiritually.  When we are praying for lost souls, praying for Israel, praying for the Lord’s will to be done, then we know that are walking with Him in fellowship with Him.

One response to this post.

  1. Great point, Ben, to listen to what we are praying for, to know where we are at with Him. God bless you fellowship with Jesus today!


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