When the prophet Nathan came to David in 2 Samuel 12, David was a broken man. David had committed adultery with Bathsheba and arranged to have her husband Uriah killed in battle. He was broken before Nathan, broken before the people of Israel and broken before God. In all his brokenness David writes Psalm 51.
10 observations from Psalms 51:
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. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
If this is where you are, cling to David's song in Psalms 51. Cling to the steadfast love and abundant mercy of our God! Hold tight to His promises. Rejoice in your brokenness as David rejoiced in his. Petition God for a clean heart and renewed spirit. Praise Him with a song in your heart. Testify of His steadfast love and abundant mercy!
David begins his song with a testimony of God's steadfast love and abundant mercy. Over 127 times in Psalms he writes of God's steadfast love, but only twice does he mention His abundant mercy. David writes of God's abundant mercy in this passage and in Psalms 69:16, "Answer me, O Lord, for Your steadfast love is good; according to Your abundant mercy..." I'm so thankful for His abundant mercy in my life!
"Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of heaven, for His steadfast love endures forever." Psalm 136:1, 26
...for His steadfast love endures forever" (Psalm 136:26). How have you seen this play out in your life?
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