Biblical Reflections: Psalm 51:1-3

Psalm 51:1-3 – 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.

Even the most venerable saints have fallen short of the glory of God. However, they found forgiveness through confession and repentance. In Psalm 51, David confesses his sin to God, desiring a clean heart and restored joy following his compounded sins concerning Bathsheba and Uriah. As the Scriptures record, David said, “I have sinned against the Lord. And Nathan said unto David, The Lord also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die” (2 Samuel 12:13).

David did not die, but the consequences of his sin were deeply felt by his family and the nation in the ensuing years. Civil war and family tragedy resulted with the sword cursing David’s progeny for generations. The forgiveness was real, but the wounds were deep.

The lessons of David’s life are abiding. We receive forgiveness when we confess our sins in earnest humility before the Lord. However, because of our sins our families and our communities suffer and we often live with regrets. We need more than repair. We need rebirth.

No other faith in the world offers a solution for this dilemma. Jesus does not merely teach. He does not just heal. He quickens. “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). Praise God!

Through the Cross we have salvation and in the Resurrection, newness of life. Think on these things as we celebrate the Risen Savior!

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