Just a Song

15 Open my lips, Lord,
    and my mouth will declare your praise. Psalm 51:15

First comes the confession in the previous two verses, now comes the praise. David could not have praised as earnestly as he did without first settling the other things, the sin. Sometimes, though, the confession comes in the form of a song, much like verse 10.

What song is on your heart today? Have you sung it to Him yet?

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Something to Sing About

14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
    you who are God my Savior,
    and my tongue will sing of your righteousness. Psalm 51:14

There’s no question that David knew what he did was wrong. He would have to live with that decision the rest of his life. Could he have been punished by the courts of his day? Yes, but it was unlikely, well, because he was king. Consider the sin Amnon committed later (2 Samuel 13:22 – 14:24) and what the courts did about it: nothing.

David knew that the memory of his sins had the potential to be burdensome, so he asked to be delivered from that guilt.

The last half of the verse is in direct contrast to the first. The righteousness of God was met in Christ’s work on the cross. Even thousands of years before Christ came, David knew of that righteousness. He knew it because he experienced it.

Today is just a good day to sit back and reflect on what God has done for us. On the one hand we see our sin, our utter reckless lives. But on the other is Christ, our righteousness.

That is something to sing about.

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Back to the Cross

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
    so that sinners will turn back to you. Psalm 51:13

We sometimes think we have to have all the answers when we share our faith. But I don’t think God expect that. We just need to show them the way. It’s like a man saying, “I’m just a beggar showing the way to find bread.”

The cross.

It’s a stumbling block to atheists, Muslims, Buddhists, agnostics, and Hindus. The cross is the defining difference, the one that separates those who believe and those who don’t.

The words we use may not be flowery or fluid. Many people you come across already know the way. They’ve heard the truth a thousand times and some of them may even have drifted away, and are waiting for your guiding hand.

We really never know what stage of life people are in in this journey. Nor do we know what kinds of “seeds” others have planted.

Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 1 Peter 3:15

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That First Love

12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Psalm 51:12

When I read the first part of this verse, it reminds me of Revelation 2:4, “Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first.

Remember what it was like when you first became a Christian?

  • Remember what you had planned and hoped and wanted to do for Christ?
  • Remember the joy of knowing your sins were forgiven? There was a newness of life, a fresh new outlook on the drudgery that was your life.
  • Remember digging deep into the Bible to find answers to life’s most basic and deepest problems?
  • Remember the hours you spent in prayer for those who were lost without Christ?
  • Remember seeing people being baptized and rejoicing in that?

Remember?

Wouldn’t you like to return to those days, this time having years and years of maturity under your belt?

Is there any reason under the sun you cannot return to those days?

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Rotten to the Core

11 Do not cast me from your presence
    or take your Holy Spirit from me. Psalm 51:11

We know theologically that God doesn’t “take” his Holy Spirit from anyone, but sometimes it seems that way. It’s impossible for us to understand the immense love that God has for us. To discard us like trash is unthinkable.

In the events right after one or two people commit very evil crimes, parents of those individuals are interviewed. Rarely do those parents have negative things to say about their children. Why? Because they have a very different view (albeit skewed) of their own flesh and blood.

Rarely do you hear, “Yeah, he was rotten to the core. I’m not surprised one bit. I just didn’t think it would take so long!” No, we don’t hear that because the parents always see the angel in their little Bobby or Tammy.

While David felt forsaken and cast away, it was the farthest thing from God’s truth on the matter.

And so it is with us. God’s love for us is immeasurable and unchanging. We can admit that, like the second parent in the scenario above, we are rotten to the core, but you know what? He still loves us.

Why, oh why?

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