A fatal accident, involving the lives of four young people, took place upon one of the nation’s
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This Psalm was written by David sometime after his great sin with Bathsheba and his murder of Uriah (II Samuel 11:3-4). Some Bible scholars think it was about one year after this fateful event that Nathan came to David with his story about a poor man’s lamb that was stolen by a rich man to provide a feast for a passing guest. When David heard about this he said he would make him repay fourfold. At that point Nathan said “Thou art the man!” and immediately David was filled with remorse, shame and guilt.
David begins his penitence with a plea for mercy (v. 1). This initial plea is quickly followed by a plea that his sins be blotted out. He acknowledges his sin to God and admits that he cannot deal with it alone (v. 3). He does not blame society or his fallen nature but assumes full responsibility.
Some have questioned his statement where he says he had sinned “against thee, thee only” (v. 4). This does not mean that he had not sinned against Bathsheba, Uriah, Ahithophel, Bathsheba’s grandfather, and the people over whom he ruled. It simply means that while all sin is against man it is also against God and in comparison the human aspect fades into nothing. There is no such thing as private sin. Regardless of whom we hurt when we sin, God is always hurt the worst. When tempted to do wrong, remember that you will be sinning against God. This may help you to stay on the right track.
Is it possible that I have some unconfessed sin in my life? I need to remember that any sin in the life of a Christian that is not taken care of in this life will be taken care of at the Judgement Seat of Christ. There should always be remorse in my life when I sin.
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice. Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.
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Psalms 48:1-8Jerusalem is Greatly to be Praised
Psalms 48:9-14The People Are Invited to Rejoice in God
Psalms 49:1-15Observation of The Prosperity of The Wicked
Psalms 49:16-20The Hope of The Righteous is Eternal
Psalms 50:1-6The Lord Came to Judge
Psalms 50:7-15The Lord’s Indictment Against Formalism
Psalms 50:16-23The Lord’s Indictment Against Hypocrisy
Psalms 51:1-9An Appeal to God’s Love And Compassion
Psalms 51:10-13David Petitioned God For Inward Renewal
Psalms 51:14-19A Prayer For General Prosperity
Psalms 52:1-4The Destruction of a Man of Treachery
Psalms 52:5-7Destroying Others to Make Yourself Look Good
Psalms 52:8-9The Destiny of The Man of Faith
Psalms 53:1-6God’s View of The Human Race
Psalms 54:1-7The Confident Prayer For Deliverance