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.
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:
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!
In Acts 13:22 David is called "...a man after my [God] heart, who will do all My will." In part, David was a man after God's heart because he not only wrote but understood Psalm 51:6-7.
"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." Psalm 51:6-7
When I read David's song in Psalm 51 I am reminded that we serve a God of second chances. What a beautiful reminder!
The past, living there requires a tremendous cost. There's the "What ifs?" that plague our minds. The "wishing I'd done this and not that." Satan loves for us to go there. He likes it when we campout there, set up shop there, build a residence there. It's one of the simplest tools in his toolbox to distract us from the good in the present.
If you find yourself living in the past, checkout B-17 and the Tremendous Cost of Living in the Past and remember, that's not where God wants us to live!
"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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