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Discover the original intent of Scripture. Make good application to our everyday lives.
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Psalm 51:1-10

1 Be gracious to me, God, according to your faithful love; according to your abundant compassion, blot out my rebellion. 2 Completely wash away my guilt and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I am conscious of my rebellion, and my sin is always before me. 4 Against you—you alone—I have sinned and done this evil in your sight. So you are right when you pass sentence; you are blameless when you judge. 5 Indeed, I was guilty when I was born; I was sinful when my mother conceived me.

6 Surely you desire integrity in the inner self, and you teach me wisdom deep within. 7 Purify 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 Turn your face away from my sins and blot out all my guilt. 10 God, create a clean heart for me and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

The Original Intent

1) What do we learn about God in this passage?

In these ten verses alone, we learn that God is gracious, He gives faithful love, He shows abundant compassion, He is powerful to cleanse a person of their sin, He is able to judge, He is blameless, He is righteous, He is forgiving, and He is wise because He

The Everyday Application

1) What do we learn about God in this passage?

How many times have we heard that God is love? While that is true, there are so many other aspects of the character of God that often go unnoticed, even disrespected. David touched on a few in this passage, but as we spend time with the Lord in His Word and in prayer, we learn more about Him.

Have you sensed His comfort, dear one? Have you noticed that He is perfect, without fault? Do you find Him trustworthy? Try making a list of the attributes of God that you have either personally experienced or rea

The Original Intent

2) According to verse 5, a baby can be sinful. How is this possible?

When something strikes us as odd or seemingly out-of-place with what we know to be true from the rest of Scripture study, it’s important to take a step back and slow down the process of jumping to conclusions.

As with every Scripture passage, it’s vital we begin with original context. Here, David had just been confronted by his friend and prophet, Nathan. Sent by God, Nathan helped David see the depths of his sinful affair with another married woman, Bathsheba, as well as the plotted murder of her husband. 

Psalm 51 is David’s heartfelt, remorseful response to God’s holy conviction. David wasn’t making a statement about babies in the way that we might initially conclude, he was grounding himself in the theological truth that we are all sinners. 

It wasn’t actions that made David sinful (though, of course the actions were morally wrong), it was the fact that he had a sinful nature that was the problem. The emphasis isn’t that David did wrongDavid simply was wrong because he was born with a sinful nature like all of humanity.

David’s reference to being guilty and sinful from birth is to emphasize that his nature itself is hopelessly sinful, and will always choose to gratify his own fleshly desires rather than the heart of God, unless God Himself gives him a new heart and mind. Are babies’ actions seen viewed as sinful? No, but, like the rest of humanity, they are born with a sin nature. None of us are “born good” and gradually become corrupted; corruption is our identity.

The Everyday Application

2) According to verse 5, a baby can be sinful. How is this possible?

If it were only actions that made us sinful, we should be able to clean ourselves up and do enough good to become holy. But we cannot, it’s impossible for us to attain to righteousness.

We Are Sinners. Period. Born into sin, we are trapped in the Kingdom of Sin and Death with no hope for freedom unless Jesus Christ sacrifices Himself on our behalf.
Which, praise God, He does!

Jesus, as God the Son, came in human flesh with the identity of Perfect Holy Righteous God, to live the human life on our behalf, but He did it flawlessly. His perfection for our imperfection. His strength for our weakness. His righteousness for our sin. His perfect God-nature for our fallen human-nature.

As Jesus willingly spilled His own blood, sacrificing Himself for us, we are given hope as He extends to us a new nature: His Own. By asking Him to be our Savior and Lord, He redeems what once was death and gives us life! 

Yes, we all begin life with the nature of Sin, but because of Jesus, we can be redeemed through the Righteous Nature of Jesus Himself on our behalf! Sister, which nature is your identity?

The Original Intent

3) What is the heart attitude of the writer?

David wrote this psalm to God, pouring out his heart, recognizing that his sin was against the Lord, and asking to be made clean. He repented of his sin. He was desirous to be in relationship with God as he had been to this point. David was known as a man after God’s own heart, meaning he wanted nothing more than to have an intimacy with his Creator.

The Everyday Application

3) What is the heart attitude of the writer?

David’s plea for a cleansed heart is often cited as a model prayer for repentance. I use it often myself. It would be wonderful if I could just ask God for cleansing once and be done forever, but because you and I live in a sinful state (by birth) and in a sinful world (and becoming increasingly evil), it is impossible for even the most faithful saint to remain unaffected by sin’s temptation (Proverbs 20:9).

Isn’t it wonderful to know that no matter how many times we repent, the Lover of our souls will always be faithful to forgive us and allow us back into right relationship with Him?!
He gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to cleanse for himself a people for his own possession, eager to do good works. Titus 2:14

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