Psalm 51 Forgiveness


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Psalm 51[a]For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.
1 Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
and justified when you judge.
5 Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
you taught me wisdom in that secret place.
7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity.
10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
so that sinners will turn back to you.
14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
you who are God my Savior,
and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
15 Open my lips, Lord,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 My sacrifice, O God, is (b) a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart
you, God, will not despise.
18 May it please you to prosper Zion,
to build up the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,
in burnt offerings offered whole;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.

a. Psalm 51:1 In Hebrew texts 51:1-19 is numbered 51:3-21.
b. Psalm 51:17 Or The sacrifices of God are

I've made it quite clear.... I think David needed to cover up the whole incident with Bathsheba. I think, on top of having Uriah murdered on the battlefield.... I think David had Bathsheba drink something to dispose of the baby as well.... something that would make the baby sick. I think back then... there were no quick and easy... go back to life the same day... abortions..... My heart goes out to Bathsheba no matter how good everyone thinks David is. I don't think for one second that David would pass through the "me too" movement unscathed. But that's how things were back then.... before modern medicine and women's rights.

The commentary came from

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your loving kindness: The title of this psalm gives the tragic context for David’s plea. He had sinned in murder, in adultery, in covering his sin, and in hardness against repentance. It took the bold confrontation of Nathan the Prophet to shake him from this (2 Samuel 12); yet once shaken, David came in great honesty and brokenness before God.​
Against You, You only, have I sinned: In an objective sense this was not true. David had sinned against Bathsheba, Uriah, their families, his family, his kingdom, and in a sense even against his own body (1 Corinthians 6:18). Yet all of that faded into the background as he considered the greatness of his sin against God. He rightly felt as if, against You, You only, have I sinned.​
And done this evil in Your sight: David realized that God was there and God was looking when he did his evil. He was not absent from the bedroom of adultery or the place where the command to kill Uriah was given.​
It's the baby and Uriah who have my heart this morning. I'm so angry at David I could spit.... and people think he was so "godly".... I think he was a murderer, a rapist, and an abortionist..... but he did some good things.... and God used him.... so who am I to still be angry with him thousands of years later?

Well.... in my defense..... I think we need to continue to be upset over rape, abortion, and murder..... we seem to be numb to these horrible crimes.... they happen every day.... abortions are not even illegal! We're too busy to be bothered by sin.... David was bored so he got into trouble.... are we bored?

This poem makes me preachy.... sorry....