51st Book of Psalms Daily Study Psalm 51 Morning Devotional

Daily in the Psalms 51

Book of Psalm 51

TRUE REPENTANCE

The heart of every Preacher is to love those that God has given him to Pastor, but that Preacher, if he is to be right with God and if he is to see those people become what God wants them to be, must be faithful to deliver the message that God gives him. In this Psalm, that is exactly what the man of God, Nathan, had done. He went to King David and told him that he had sinned and that God was not pleased and that God would send sure and severe punishment. We find the account of this in II Samuel 12:1-10. Nathan clearly described Davidís Sin and Boldly proclaimed the sentence. No Preacher enjoys that part of his duty, but he surely enjoys the proper response. David did not get mad and turn on the Preacher. He could have, it was in his power to make this Preacher sorry he ever spoke to the King. Davidís response was not one of anger, it was one of humility and repentance.

1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. 4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. (Psalms 51:1-4).

The key thing that we must see here is the fact that David confessed His sin and acknowledged it as such. He said it was his iniquity and his sin. The problem with many so-called confessions is that a person will blame others or try to make excuses or try to say it in a way that it does not seem so bad. That is not repentance and it will not produce the results that David experienced. The way some present their sin to God, He does not have to have mercy on them and He does not need to show His loving kindness, it would seem that God should reward them. David begins his repentance by appealing to the mercy and the loving kindness of the Lord and saying that those would be needed to remove his transgressions. We need to see sin as God sees it. Any sin, no matter how small it may seem to us or others, is a sin and is a transgression. Sin is dirty and it requires that we be washed. That washing will not come from ourselves; it can only come from the One that the transgression was against. Something else that we need to notice: David did not want to be just washed, he wanted to be thoroughly washed; he wanted all of the sin to be gone. This is something else that many do not do. They want to be forgiven and they want to escape the punishment for their sin, but they want to hang on to a little of it. That is why they say things like, ďI know, but....Ē Or things like, ďYes Preacher I know it is a sin, but you are a Preacher and I am not.Ē If we would see the sin in our own lives like we should, we would be too busy calling on the mercy and kindness of God for ourselves that we would have no time to find fault in and accuse others. We are good at hiding our sin and soon we feel that we donít have to deal with it. After all, it was a long time ago and I want to move on with my life. That is a familiar cry of our day. But David did not have that attitude. He said, ďMy sin is EVER before me.Ē That is true, until it is confessed and put under the Blood, it is still on our record and we will have to deal with it or God will deal with it. There are those around us today that are paying for their sin. Maybe not as we would like to see them pay, but the truth is, their sin will never go away, because it has never been acknowledged, confessed and repented of. We might feel sorry for them, we might even want to forgive and forget, but the forgiveness that they need does not come from us, it comes from the Lord. Our sin is against the Lord and against Him only. It is evil in His sight and whatever He decides to do about it; He is justified. There is no use to blame God or be bitter because of our punishment, when the remedy is so clear and simple, repentance! David got the end result that he needed because he began right, with confession and repentance.

Book of Psalm 51 Morning Devotion part 2
DISCOVERING SELF

5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. 6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. (Psalms 51:5-6).

Many times the only thing we consider is the act of sin. When we confess the act, then we believe sin is cured. But David discovered the real reason for his sin. He was a sinner! That is a fact that is hard for many to face. They donít want to be called a sinner and they donít see themselves as such. Man is depraved, that means that there is NOTHING good in him. The Bible clearly says that there is none good, no not one. David said that he knew that he was a sinner, even from his birth; he was born in sin. This is the truth that God desires from each of us; that we are sinners, not good, and that He is sinless, perfectly good. Because there is an inherited corruption in every man, there is inherited grace that is offered to every man. Our repentance of our sin and the acknowledgment that we are sinners, gives us a special inner wisdom. Because of what we are, sinners, and because of what God is willing to do for us, forgive us, then we have an obligation and responsibility to be morally pure. When our real sinful self is discovered and we turn to the Lord to make us what we cannot be in our own selves, then we have the right motive for life, to live in a way that pleases and honors Him. We are not living morally to work or earn our way to Heaven, we live the best life we can because we want to live for the One that loves us and forgives us and lives in us.

Book of Psalm 51 Morning Devotion part 3
A SACRIFICE REQUIRED

7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. 9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. (Psalms 51:7-10).

Every sin, no matter what it is, needs to be paid for; there must be a sacrifice for our sin. David knew and understood this. So he turned to the way of sacrifice of the Old Testament and began the process of sacrifice. There must be a Blood sacrifice and that Blood placed on the Hyssop shrub and sprinkled as an atonement for sin. Today, we donít have that same process for sacrifice, but we must never forget that our sins, just as the sins of David, require a sacrifice. Our sins require the same kind of sacrifice, a Blood sacrifice.

For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. (Hebrews 10:4).

What kind of Blood sacrifice will take away our sins? Only the Blood of Jesus will do. We must we washed, cleansed and made as white as snow. That is the work of the Blood of Jesus and that is the only sacrifice that can be offered to God to take away our sin. No other sacrifice will be accepted by Him. That Blood is what brings us joy and gladness, pardon and power, purification and peace. That is how we can rejoice in the Lord, even when we have to face the consequences of our sin. David said, ďI may have pain, as though my bones are broken, but I have joy and gladness because I am purged, washed, clean and as white as snow.

As we view our wicked sin and the fact that we are sinners before God, we have great Joy because all of that is hidden from God by the Blood of His Dear Son, our Sacrifice. All of our sins have been blotted out and a clean heart has been created in us. A right spirit has been given to us. A dirty heart and a wrong spirit is what made us sin, but the Blood changes all of that.

SPIRIT RESTORED

11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. 12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. (Psalms 51:11-12).

There are no sweeter words to the sinner that, ďRestore unto me.Ē Sin takes everything from us, but God can and will restore us. This is the greatest joy of salvation, knowing that our sins separate us from God but His grace restores us. Because of our sin and our sinful nature, we ought to be cast from the presence of God, but instead, because of His Grace, we have His sweet presence that will never leave us nor forsake us. Thank God for the precious Holy Spirit and we must keep Him working in our lives to restore us to God. We keep the restoring work of the Holy Spirit active in our lives by repentance. That Spirit is given to us freely and abundantly. Not just so we can brag about Him or His gifts, but to uphold us and restore us to our proper position and relationship with God.

RESTORED FOR SERVICE

11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. 12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. 13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. 14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. (Psalms 51:11-14).

THEN! That is the key to service. The servant of God must be clean and filled with the Spirit. The world is not being taught much by the Christians today because most are dirty, filled with unconfessed and unforgiven sin in their lives.

The soul-winner needs the power and presence of God. Once sin has been confessed, self has been discovered, sacrifice has been made and Spirit restored, then we are ready to serve the Lord. In order for us to teach sinner, we must have learned for ourselves. Most of our learning comes from experience. The person that has been forgiven has great power to tell others that they too can be forgiven. Our own mistakes can be steppingstones to greater power with God and greater desire to teach others to come to Jesus. The repentant soul is a teachable soul, only the teachable can instruct others. Once we have been delivered from the ravages of sin, then we can teach others about the grace of God that can deliver them.

Morning Devotion part 4
SING THE SONG OF RECOVERY

14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. 15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. 16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. 17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. (Psalms 51:14-17).

Itís time for the saved to have a song on their tongue. There are too many in the Church today that are singing a vile and foul song. As David falls on his face and proclaims God and his salvation, he breaks out in the song of the redeemed. It is not the song of the world and it is a song that cannot be sung by the world. That is why many of the so-called Gospel singers have no problem moving over into the secular music field and can get the world to listen to their song. Their song is not different from the world because it was not preceded by confession of sin, discovering of self, offering the sacrifice for their sin, having their spirit restored and humbly serving the Lord. The real song of the saved has left the modern Church. But those that have repented and been forgiven have a new song in their mouth and on their tongue; a loud song of righteousness, a song of praise to the One that has forgiven them, a song of the sacrifice that was required to forgive them, and a song born in a heart that is broken and contrite before God. God deliver us from the song of the world that has invaded the Church today. A song that says, ďI am not willing to repent and change my old ways.Ē Thatís why they will not get a haircut, change the tune and melody of their music, change the way they dress or change their associations. The really donít have a new song; itís that same old song, with a few changes. A few changes, or even a lot of changes, does not make it new. And that is why the lost world will go to a Church with that kind of music and they hate an Old Time Religion Church. Hard Bible Preaching will produce what is needed to produce the new song. The Bible and the Preaching is first, but today we have tried to reverse the process. That is not Godís plan and it will not work. Those that are using worldly music and worldly activities to draw the lost are failing to produce changed lives. They might have a crowd, a crowd that is guilty of things that the Lord despises, but the broken and contrite heart, God will never despise.

Donít look over into that camp and desire what they have, stay in the song of God camp and know that they need to have their song recovered, they lost it or threw it away.

Psalm morning devotion part 5
OUR SALVATION CAN PLEASE GOD

18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem. 19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar. (Psalms 51:18-19).

That must be our desire, to have the Lord say that He is pleased with us. The Bible teaches that we are the Temple of God. When that Temple has been built (Salvation), the sacrifice is offered (Repentance), the service is rendered, and the song is being sung; then will the Lord be pleased.

When there is no sense of sin, men talk of justice. It is clear that there is no justice in salvation. Salvation is needed because we are unjust. But when there is a consciousness of sin, when men see their need of a Saviour, when they see themselves as sinners, when they call for mercy, when they sing His praises, then is the Lord pleased and we are doing what God saved us to do. Because there is no goodness in us, when we proclaim His goodness and allow others to see His goodness through our life, then we are allowing God to do His work of completion in our lives.

How is our heart condition?

MORE THOUGHTS ON PSALM FIFTY-ONE

This is the sinnerís Psalm. While much of our relationship to God is private, David shows us here that there ought to be times when there is a public expression of our Spiritual life. David wrote these words, not only for himself, but for those around him, those that had duties in the Temple and those that were seeking a right relationship with God. He also wrote it for those that his sin had offended. They must see what sin does and how it is to be dealt with. As we read these words, we see three important things: First, we see that the children of God are convicted by sin, they are aware of their transgressions. Second, we se that God loves us so much that He extends His grace to us and He works with us on a personal basis. Third, David wanted what God had lead him to do to lead others to do the same, he wanted to set the example. Although this precious portion of Scripture was written over three thousand years ago, it could have been written this morning. There are some things that we all need to see:

The world and religion has caused a lot of confusion about this matter of confession. Confession is not a single act. There are at least three aspects of confession:

A Right Estimate Of Sin

True confession is not seeing sin as merely a mistake, a result of bad circumstances or something that was caused by someone else. We must see sin as a personal violation of Godís Holy Law and will for our lives.

A Right Feeling In Relation To Sin

Those that truly confess their sin will have a sincere hate for it. The child of God ought to hate that which causes us to grieve our Heavenly Father.

A Right Conduct In Our Reaction To Sin

There is only one reaction to sin for the Christian, we are to forsake it, change our direction and follow after Godís holiness.

He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy. (Proverbs 28:13).

MORE THOUGHTS ON PSALM FIFTY-ONE - Continued

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. Psalms 51:1-4

David saw his sin as awful and the opposite of what he was supposed to be and do. Itís time for the sinner to know that sin is not a good thing, it is a bad thing, it is the total reversal of what his relation to a Holy God should be. Itís time to bring back the shame of sin. There are too many proud sinners in the Church and that is why there is not much real confession of sin. Times change and the attitude of men toward sin changes, but God and His Law never changes. His definition of sin never changes. It is common today to hear people excuse sin in their lives because it is so common and accepted today. But we are not to live by manís law and we will not be held accountable to manís law. David was the king and he was loved by many. It was possible for him and his sin to be accepted by society, but David recognized that he had to give an account to a higher authority, God! God help us to see that sin utterly pollutes the soul, the life, the mind and the character of the sinner. David asked, again and again, for cleansing from sin. This indicates that he recognized that sin is dirty, filthy and defiling. The sinner must recognize the basic evil of sin; it injures and influences the life and character of the sinner. We are not to try to make it acceptable, we are to view it and expose it as black, destroying and powerfully evil. The key words are ďMy Transgressions, Mine Iniquities and My Sin.Ē David didnít talk about the sins of others or the influence of others, he said, ďI have sinned.Ē We all have the inclination to shift the responsibility for our sin to others. We can blame anything we want to, other people, circumstances, temptations, inherited traits, education or the lack thereof, etc., but the responsibility is ours alone.

Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Psalms 51:5

David was so troubled about his personal sin that the only expression that he could give was to say that he was born into sin. In other words, he said, ďI am nothing but a sinner, that is all that I have ever been.Ē This was not an excuse; it was the illumination of all excuses. David knew that his very nature was sinful; he was not guilty of just one or two individual sins. The sinner must come to the realization that the reason he sins is because he is a sinner and needs a Redeemer. We are not sinners solely because of what we do, we are sinners because of what we are, sinners!

God hates ALL sin and God hates the sin that we have in our lives. The smallest sin that you can name is an abomination to God and He hates it. God will bring good out of an evil man or an evil situation, God can overrule sin and turn it into something that can accomplish His will, but He is in no way in agreement with it. He is not a friend to sin, but its most uncompromising enemy. All of Godís Laws, physical and spiritual, are against sin. All of Godís works, in us and in the world, are against sin. Godís plan of redemption for man is against sin. All of Godís nature is against sin. There were many that had been harmed by Davidís sin, but he made no mention of them. David was most distressed by the fact that he had wronged his God. This is where confession must start. There are times when confession must be made to man for the sins committed against them, but that is after we have confessed them to God. Sins against man are first sins against God. You cannot wrong your fellow man without wronging your God. Some are willing to confess to man, but unwilling to confess to God. Others are willing to privately confess to God, but unwilling to publicly confess to men. When we see sin as against God we will confess to Him, when we see our transgression against other men as a transgression to God, we will confess to man also.

I am praying for each of you this morning, asking God to allow you to have a blessed day. If I can help you in any way, please call. I LOVE YOU!

PSALM 51 - THE SINNERíS PRAYER

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. (Psalms 51:1).

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. (Psalms 51:10).

Confession and forgiveness are connected:

I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah. (Psalms 32:5).

3 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. 4 And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him. (Luke 17:3-4).

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9).

Confession is not the reason that we get forgiveness; it is the condition that is required. Confession is the basis of forgiveness. God forgives us by His mercy and because of His love, but He requires our confession. When we do as He requires, He does as we ask, not in part but completely:

Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back. (Isaiah 38:17).

I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee. (Isaiah 44:22).

David wanted his sins forgiven, but he wanted much more than that, he wanted to be washed and cleansed himself. Some only want a change of state of circumstances, but the truly repentant sinner wants a change in his heart, his mind and his whole being. The cleansing that comes only from God is a cleansing that not only forgives the sin, but forgets the sin. The grace and forgiveness of God makes it as though the sinner had never sinned. The wonderful grace of God is what makes us different from those that live under the Law. Those that have received His grace have a new spirit, they have the sin and the desire for sin cleansed.

THE RESTORATION OF JOY

Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. (Psalms 51:8).

Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. (Psalms 51:12).

Three things we need to see here:

Salvation Is Joyous

There is no greater joy than that of knowing that we are eternally saved and forgiven and on our way to Heaven. The saved have the Divine favor and promise of God. Sin does not take that away, but it removes the joy.

Sin Steals Our Joy

David forfeited his joy when he chose to sin. That is the way it is for every Christian. The sinful and worldly Christian will not have the joy of the Lord. It makes no difference what experiences he seeks or what emotion he may work up, sin will steal his joy.

Holiness And Repentance Is The Way To True Joy.

The sinner that has lost his joy can regain it by confession.

Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. (Psalms 51:11).

...uphold me with thy free spirit. (Psalms 51:12).

The greatest fear of the Christian ought to be that we would be left to ourselves. There are many today that are Preaching that we have to do things for ourselves; that is not what we need, we need the presence, protection and the preserving power of God. David knew that he was too weak and frail to stand on his own, so he calls out to God to uphold him and keep him.
His sin brought confession.
His confession brought restoration.
His restoration brought joy.

THE SINNERíS RESOLUTION

When we have been forgiven, when our joy has been restored, we are to have a new resolve toward the Lord and the things of the Lord. The sinner will resolve to do some things when God has forgiven his sin:

He Will Seek The Conversion Of Sinners

Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. (Psalms 51:13).

Those that know the joy and blessing that comes from their sins being forgiven will seek to lead others to that source. Why wouldnít we want others to experience the same joy and blessing that we have been freely given? What are the ways we are to lead others to?

1 - The way that we know from experience that sinner should go, confession and repentance. 2 - The way that God pursues sinners, the way of mercy.

The forgiven sinner is equipped to teach others these ways. He has gone the way of the sinner in need of forgiveness and the way of the sinner that has been forgiven by Godís grace. He is compelled to teach the lost sinner the way of salvation and the transgressing Saint the way of restoration to God. His gratitude drives him into action and forbids him to be silent.

He Will Seek To Worship God

...my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. (Psalms 51:14-15).

What sacrifice can you give to get forgiveness from God? NONE! The sacrifice that is necessary has already been paid, on the cross. That sacrifice was paid, accepted, and was perfect. What then does God ask of us? He only asks that we offer the sacrifice of praise to Him. That sacrifice is worthless unless is comes from a heart filled with sincere devotion and gratitude. Only the sinner that confesses and repents of his sin and receives forgiveness has the sacrifice that God is looking for. It is a natural offering, the broken are always grateful for healing. The grateful heart will willingly and joyfully offer itself to God in praise. It will also offer itself willingly and joyfully to God in service. When God has our heart, He has everything else. God is not pleased with any of the works of man, until He has the offering of manís heart. Once He has our heart, He accepts our service as pleasing to Him:

He Will Seek To Praise God Himself And Also Seek The Whole Church To Praise God

18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem. 19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar. (Psalms 51:18-19).

David knew that because of his sins, Godís judgment would fall on the city and the kingdom or at the very least, God would withhold His blessings from them. He knew that no man stands alone in sin, the sin of one can bring harm and ruin to many others. So he puts himself in the position to receive blessings from God and not to have Godís judgment fall on him. He then admonished others to do the same. The sacrifices of praise offered by sincere worshippers will be pleasing to God and bless everyone. God help us to have a forgiven and praising Church.

THE PRAYER FOR CLEANSING FROM SIN

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. Psalms 51:1-2

You Cannot Cleanse Yourself

There is no way that you can blot out the guilt and pollution of your sin. You bring sin into your life, but you cannot remove it. That cleansing has to come from God.

You Cannot Live Happily And Peacefully With Unconfessed Sin In Your Life

As sure as your shadow will follow you; sorrow follows sin. The peace and happiness of the Christian comes from his personal holiness; that is why we see so many miserable Christians today. They are walking around with unconfessed sin in their lives, following them like their shadow. David said that his sin was ever before him. The Bible says that sin has the sting of death. Because we are saved, we will not go to Hell, but sin will still sting us. It will sting our lives, our hearts, our minds and our consciences. The sting will go away when the sin is cleansed.

Your Unconfessed Sin Will Always Be With You, All The Way To The Judgment Seat

The Bible tells us that every one will appear before the Lord. The reason people do not see the need for cleansing from sin today is because we do not really believe we will stand before God and give account for it. Sin will not just go away, we must be cleansed from it. You may forget it, but it stays on your account until it is cleansed.

Your Unconfessed Sin Gives You The Same Testimony Of A Lost Sinner

There are those in the world that are pointing an accusing finger at many Christians today because of the sin that is in their lives. We are told in the Bible that without holiness we cannot see the Lord. The lost cannot see the Lord as He works in their lives, and neither can the person with unconfessed sin in their lives. I wonder how we expect our prayers to reach Heaven when the Lord says that those things that defile will not be able to enter. The prayers of the defiled Christian are no more powerful than the prayers of a lost sinner. Itís time to have a better and cleaner testimony than those that are doomed to Hell. The Bible says that the wicked shall be turned into Hell. The Christian may be safe, but his testimony can be ruined by sin. We must realize that all sin needs to be cleansed, if for no other reason, for our testimony.

REQUIREMENTS TO RECEIVE CLEANSING

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. Psalms 51:1-2

You Must Be Aware Of Your Sin - There are those that sin so carelessly and never seem to be convicted of it. It is hard for me to understand how a person that has the Holy Spirit living in them can sin and claim not to know it. That is why we must seek to grow; as we grow, we are made aware of the sin that is in our lives. As Old Fashioned Fundamentalists, we sometimes are quick to judge others; they donít see certain things as sinful. But it might be that they have never been taught the truth about that sin. They will see no need for cleansing and they will not seek cleansing until they have been made aware by the Holy Spirit. The tactic of Satan is to try to remove the guilt of sin. He is doing a great job of that today. We have changed our standards and changed the names of sin as to make people guilt-free. Some Churches and Preachers brag about the fact that they do not make people feel guilty. The truth that the Bible teaches is, where no guilt is felt, pardon and cleansing will not be desired.

You Must See That Your Sin Is Against God - It is easy to justify our actions if we only have to worry about other men or the circumstances of life. Some people donít merit very good treatment. Some circumstances are very difficult. But, when we see our sin as against God, there is no justification.

You Must Take Responsibility For Your Sin - The common attitude is, ďThe Devil made me do it.Ē Adam blamed his wife, Eve blamed the serpent and man has been blaming others for his sin ever since. But blaming will not bring cleansing. We must see our sin as personal and inexcusable.

You Must Be Willing To Give Up Your Sin - Most are ready and willing to give up the consequences of sin, but few want to give up the sin itself. Some think that they can escape ALL of the consequences by forsaking PART of the sin. The truth is, if you keep the sin, you keep the consequences, all of them. That is also the reason many do not get saved, they are looking for a religion that will allow them to keep their sin. That mind-set has come into the Church. Some want the Preacher to allow them the work AS the clean, but they donít want to BE clean. This is not a matter of one person judging another, it a matter of a person not wanting to judge themselves.

You Must Repent Of Your Sin - Again, few people today are truly sorry for their sin. Most are sorry that they are caught in their sin or sorry that they have to suffer for their sin, but that is not that same as being sorry that they sinned at all. We like to see it as a simple mistake, something that we should feel no remorse over, but until there is real remorse, there will be no cleansing. We have a saying, ďcome clean.Ē It is an indication that we finally quit trying to cover up or excuse and admit to our wrong doing. We will not ďbe cleanĒ until we ďcome cleanĒ and we will not ďcome cleanĒ until we are truly sorry for what we have done.

You Must Have Faith That The Blood Of Christ Is Sufficient For Your Sin - Even if you meet all the requirements that we have mentioned, just meeting those requirements does not bring the cleansing. The cleansing is done by the Blood of Christ. Many are trusting in what they have done as sufficient; it is not. What you did, allowed Christ to do what you could never do. If meeting the requirements was sufficient, then we would merit our forgiveness. We do not merit forgiveness or salvation; it is a free gift from God. He gives us His mercy as we trust Him and that which He has provided.

8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9).

THE PERSON TO LOOK TO FOR CLEANSING

Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. Psalms 51:4

Many sins that we are guilty of are sins against society and individuals, we think that we need to receive our cleansing from them only. While we do need to make things right with those individuals that we have wronged and many times have to pay a debt to society; that will not give us the complete cleaning that we need. David had such an overwhelming sense of the seriousness of his sin because he saw it, first, as a sin against God. Seeking to make things right with others and society is right, but it will not bring cleansing. We must look to God for that. Those that look to God for cleansing will have a high moral view of sin and be a more responsible citizen and a better friend. Just as those that see no obligation to God will make irresponsible citizens and hurtful friends. Almost everyone will admit that the wrongs they do infringes on the rights and happiness of others. But the Christian sees that, plus the fact that he has wronged a Holy God.

We Look To God Because He Is Our Maker - As a parent, I know that when a child disobeys, that is the main point of the offense, disobedience. We should try to explain the reason for the rule and the benefit of doing right, but we must never forget that the main offense is disobedience. This is a great failure of our day. Children are growing up with no sense of obligation to God because they have never been taught any real obligation to their parents. Because He knows what is best, God has placed a parent over the child to guide and direct him. When the child cannot understand the reason for the guidance and direction, he still must submit. At that point, the only reason he is given is, ďbecause I said so.Ē If what the parent said is good; that is reason enough. We have a Good God, many times we do not understand His guidance and direction, those are the times we have to obey, simply because He said so. Because His is a Good God, that is reason enough.

We Look To God Because He Sustains Us - Far more than the most loving parent, God cares for us, is mindful of us, protects us and sustain our very existence. With Him we can do all things, without Him we can do nothing. Why would we consider looking to anyone else?

We Look To God Because He Blesses Us - Everything that happens, happens because God loves us and wants to bless us. The rivers flow for us, the ocean rolls for us, the clouds produce the rain for us, the day brings us light, the stars and the moon give their beauty and every season brings itís own blessings at itís appointed time because of our God. God is so good to give us all things, in return our obligation is to look to Him in all things, especially for our cleansing that only He can provide.

We Look To God Because He Has Redeemed Us - God saved us and has given us a home in Heaven. One day we will live with Him forever. Because the Sacrifice of His Dear Son was sufficient to save us in the first place, it is only logical that we look to Him for cleansing when we sin. Jesus took upon Himself the form of a servant to suffer all that He suffered for us at the hands of wicked men. All that was done to bring us into His family. It ought to be obvious that He is more than willing to do what we need after we are in that family. We could not save ourselves, so He did it for us. We cannot cleanse ourselves, and He is willing to do that also.

We Look To God Because He Has Commanded Us To Flee From Sin - All through the Bible we are commanded to flee sin that will bring the wrath of God. We are to lay hold on the hope of God, we are to look to Him to cleanse us from our sin.

We Look To God Because He Is Longsuffering - In perfect demonstration of His goodness and mercy, God spares us from destruction and opens the door of salvation to every man. Not just once, but countless times. Just to know that there are those that hate and act against God and still live to an old age is clear evidence of Godís longsuffering. Even those that are saved still have sin in their lives. We know Him; we know all that He has done for us, yet we still sin. Knowing all of that, He still loves us enough to offer us full pardon and complete forgiveness and absolute cleansing. As we grow in the Lord, as we learn more about Him and His grace, our hearts ought to cry out each day for His cleansing

DAVIDíS PRAYER AND GODíS REMEDY

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Psalms 51:7

As we look at a few verses in this lesson, let us notice that there is only one remedy for sin. That remedy is, to be washed in the Blood of Christ. The only other way God will deal with our sin is in judgment. There is a great difference in forgiveness and punishment. David prayed for the remedy. Too many today see sin as something that is not so bad. That is why so many try to excuse it. That is also why they are having so many problems, they have never been forgiven because they do not see sin as it is and they do not see themselves as polluted and defiled by their own sin. We need to have the attitude of David:

Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight... (Psalms 51:4).

Deliver me from bloodguiltiness... (Psalms 51:14).

The modern attitude of sin and what it does to us is not a Biblical attitude. We will carry our sin and suffer as a result of our sin until we receive the remedy. That will only come when we have a Biblical view of ourselves, polluted because of our sin. David repented of HIS sins, he made it personal by using words like, ďWash me, Mine iniquity, cleanse me, my sin, and my transgressions.Ē He did not see it as what others were doing, he did not blame it on others or society, he took personal responsibility for his sin. The remedy is personal, but it will only come when we make the need for it personal. The remedy is not automatic; we must humble ourselves and ask God to forgive our sins. Itís time for the Church to get back to placing emphasis on repentance, that is, asking God for forgiveness. The remedy is available to all, but only through prayer.

Sin is always evil and against God. Even the smallest sin needs to be repented of and dealt with according to Godís remedy. But, that is also true for the most wicked and evil sin we can imagine. Once we have experienced the remedy, we can see some good things as a result. The sin is not what brought the good, but the remedy! I must admit that I do not understand all I know about this, but the Bible says that those that are brought out of sin have a special value to God. Not because of their sin, but because of what it took to redeem them. Does this mean that those who do not sin are less worthy or acceptable? I donít think so, because there are none that have not sinned. God has made it clear that all are sinners and need to repent. Those that have repented and received the remedy, know of His Grace and will be used greatly by Him. The remedy also makes us more secure in Him. We know for sure that He loves us even when we sin and He is willing to forgive us.

We can only know for sure that we are clean, after we have received the remedy:

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Romans 8:1).

To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. (Ephesians 1:6).

How wonderful it is to be forgiven and to know that the Holy God loves us enough to provide that forgiveness freely. To know that we are accepted and secure in Him.

DAVIDíS PRAYER AND GODíS REMEDY - continued

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Psalms 51:7

Those that have been where David was, know that it is an awful place. God loved us enough to take us out of that place and our love and gratitude ought to make us faithful.

God is greater as a Redeemer than as a Creator. He is greater as the God of Grace than as the Law-Giver.

22 I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee. 23 Sing, O ye heavens; for the LORD hath done it: shout, ye lower parts of the earth: break forth into singing, ye mountains, O forest, and every tree therein: for the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel. (Isaiah 44:22-23).

All praise, honor and glory belong to God for what He has done in our lives, He has given us the remedy for our sin! The Bible says that the redeemed ought to say so, they ought to express their great joy. God gave us the remedy, there was no other way we could have received it. I do not excuse sin and I never want to approve sin, but because we are sinners, we will sin after we are saved. Just because you have been forgiven for a sin does not mean you will never sin again. Thank God we cannot deplete His grace, it is always available.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. 12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. 13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. (Psalms 51:10-13).

There is a difference in prayers we offer to God as a habit and the prayers that come from a repentant heart. Some pray out of habit, ďGod forgive us of our sins.Ē That is not what it takes to get the remedy. The remedy comes because of prayers that are induced by a deep sense of guilt, dependence and want. Davidís prayer was simple, important and sincere. We may not be guilty of the same sin that David was guilty of, but we are guilty just the same. David felt that his heart had been defiled by sin and he wanted it clean. It was not in his power to clean it, so he called out to God. His wrong actions needed to be forgiven and his wrong spirit needed to be changed. We are to have the Spirit of Christ in us; sin comes as a result of the absence of that Spirit. The Bible says that there is fullness of joy in the presence of God; to be cast away from His presence is to be deprived of our happiness. The Bible also says that the Spirit helps us in our weaknesses, if the Spirit of Christ is removed by sin, then we are deprived of the Spiritual help and comfort we need.

The knowledge of salvation brings great joy to the Christian, when we sin, we do not have our position and our portion in balance, so our joy is diminished. The test of our salvation is our desire to be restored to joy after we sin. Those that are happy in their sin are not Godís children. Having fallen into sin and experienced the consequences of sin, David prays that he would be held up by the Spirit of God, that the Spirit would prevent him from falling into sin again.

A VOW BECAUSE FORGIVENESS HAS BEEN RECEIVED

Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. (Psalms 51:13).

There are many that are not being used of God today because their repentance has never led them to make vows of usefulness to God.

David knew that because he had enjoyed the wonderful blessing of being forgiven, he would be useful to God by telling others of His grace. Those that have experienced spiritual blessings are better able to speak of them. They will speak of them with more passion and consequently, more effectiveness.

The remedy not only clears our own account, it also makes us more useful to God. God help us to seek and faithfully speak of Godís remedy.

51st Book of Psalms Daily Study Psalm 51 Morning Devotional

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