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Create in me a clean heart, O God, – Psalms 51:10 A meditation based on Psalms 51 and Reprint 5681
For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David; when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.
"There is forgiveness with Thee, that Thou "There is forgiveness with Thee, that Thou mightest be feared." (`Psalm 130:4`.) mightest be feared." (`Psalm 130:4`.) God is not merciless. God is not merciless. He does not disregard the weak and imperfect condition. He does not disregard the weak and imperfect condition. He gives us credit for our heart intentions, even when the weaknesses of the flesh are reproved and punished. He gives us credit for our heart intentions, even when the weaknesses of the flesh are reproved and punished.
We are surprised that one who manifested so many noble traits should also have manifested such weaknesses as adultery and murder. David
How could he change so much in such a short time? David had been reverent, loyal and faithful.
Psalms 51:1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: According to the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Psalms 51:2 Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin.
Come To Me – Hymn 3 Ah! my heart is heavy laden, Weary and oppressed. Come to me, saith One, and coming, Be at rest. Hath he marks to lead me to him, If he be my guide? In his feet and hands are wound-prints, And his side. Is there diadem, as monarch, That his brow adorns? Yes, a crown in very surety, But of thorns! If I find him, if I follow, Whats my portion here? Many a sorrow, many a conflict, Many a tear. If I still hold closely to him, What have I at last? Sorrow vanquished, labor ended, Jordan past! If I ask him to receive me, Will he say me nay? Not till earth and not till heaven Pass away!
It is easier to live a wholly consecrated life in poverty than when surrounded by wealth and pleasure.
THE COST OF DISCIPLESHIP. -- LUKE 9:23. WOULD ye be My disciples? Consider again: Can ye follow My footsteps through trial and pain? Can ye throw away pleasure, and glory, and fame, And live but to honor My cause and My name? Can ye turn from the glitter of fashion and mirth, And dwell like a pilgrim and stranger on earth, Despising earth's riches, and living to bless? Can you follow the feet of the shelterless? Can ye ask from your heart the forgiveness of men? Can ye list to reproaches, nor answer again? Can ye pray that repentance to life may be theirs Who've watched for your falling, who've set for you snares? When ye hear I am come, then can ye arise, The joy of your heart springing up in your eyes? Can ye come out to meet Me, whate'er the cost be, Though ye come on the waves of a storm-crested sea?
The king temporarily forgot that the Ark, representative of God's favor and presence, was now in his city. The king temporarily forgot that the Ark, representative of God's favor and presence, was now in his city. Seeing of the Tabernacle should have brought freshly to his mind the thought, "Thou God seest me."
Psalms 51:3 For I know my transgressions; And my sin is ever before me. Psalms 51:4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, And done that which is evil in thy sight; That thou mayest be justified when thou speakest, And be clear when thou judgest.
King David did not get into so sinful a condition of mind and heart suddenly.
His heart was still loyal to God and to the principles of righteousnes s, but somehow his heart had gone to sleep and his flesh had become very much alive.
His relationship with God had made him keen of intellect; and now, in yielding to temptation, this keenness of mind was all the more effective in the evil course.
Psalms 51:5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity; And in sin did my mother conceive me. Psalms 51:6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts; And in the hidden part thou wilt make me to know wisdom.
I want a principle within, Of jealous, godly fear; A sensibility of sin, A pain to feel it near; I want the first approach to feel Of pride or fond desire; To catch the wandring of my will, And quench the kindling fire. From thee that I no more may part, No more thy goodness grieve, The filial awe, the loving heart, The tender conscience give. Quick as the apple of an eye, O God, my conscience make; Awake my soul when sin is nigh, And keep it still awake. If to the right or left I stray, That moment, Lord, reprove; And let thy goodness chase away All hindrance to thy love. O! may the least omission pain My well instructed soul. And send me to the blood again, Which makes and keeps me whole. Hymn 130 Earnest Watchfulness
David first coveted his neighbor's wife. He did not rebuke this sinful condition of mind, but allowed it to proceed until he stole his neighbor's wife and arranged for him to be killed on the battlefield.
Psalms 51:7 Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Psalms 51:8 Make me to hear joy and gladness, That the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
David seemed unable to bring himself to repentance, therefore God sent the prophet Nathan unto him.
THOU ART THE MAN The prophet Nathan wisely brought his reproof in the form of a parable about a poor man with one lamb which was stolen by a wealthy neighbor.
Instantly King David's heart was aroused; immediately his conscience was quickened. The king immediately acknowledge d his sin, and prayed, fasted and mourned.
Psalms 51:9 Hide thy face from my sins, And blot out all mine iniquities. Psalms 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; And renew a right spirit within me.
Psalms 51:11 Cast me not away from thy presence; And take not thy holy Spirit from me. Psalms 51:12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; And uphold me with a willing spirit.
My joys to thee I bring, The joys thy love has givn That each may be a wing To lift me nearer heavn; I bring them, Saviour, all to thee, Who hast procured them all for me, Who hast procured them all for me. My life I bring to thee: I would not be my own, O Saviour, let me be Thine, ever, thine alone. My heart, my life, my all I bring To thee, my Saviour and my King, To thee, my Saviour and my King. I bring my sins to thee, The sins I cannot count, That all may cleansed be In thy once opened fount; I bring them, Saviour, all to thee, The burden is too great for me, The burden is too great for me. I bring my grief to thee, The grief I cannot tell; No words shall needed be, Thou knowest all so well; I bring the sorrow laid on me, O loving Saviour, all to thee, O loving Saviour, all to thee. I BRING MY ALL TO THEE – Hymn 103
Many Christians have had experience along this line. God does not continue to treat them as sinners; but, accepting their heart contrition, He forgives them in that sense of the word; yet true to His arrangement, "Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."
Psalms 51:13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; And sinners shall be converted unto thee. Psalms 51:14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation; [And] my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
Psalms 51:15 O Lord, open thou my lips; And my mouth shall show forth thy praise. Psalms 51:16 For thou delightest not in sacrifice; else would I give it: Thou hast no pleasure in burnt-offering.
1 From evry stormy wind that blows, From evry swelling tide of woes, There is a calm, a sure retreat; Tis found beneath the mercy seat. 2 There is a place where Jesus sheds The oil of gladness on our heads; A place than all besides more sweet; It is the blood-bought mercy seat. 3 O! whither could we flee for aid, When tempted, desolate, dismayed? Or how would hosts of foes defeat, Had suffring saints no mercy seat? 4 There, there on eagle wings we soar, And sin and sense molest no more; And heavn comes down our souls to greet, While glory crowns the mercy seat. Hymn 56 The Mercy Seat
Psalms 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: A broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Psalms 51:18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: Build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
The lesson applies to all who have ever been in covenant relationship with God.
The important lesson here is that we shall keep close accounts with God. The important lesson here is that we shall keep close accounts with God. No child of God should go forth in the morning without an earnest petition to Him for Divine supervision of his affairs and for help to walk in the right path. No child of God should retire at night without a retrospective glance on all the day's pathway.
If perchance something has occurred of which he should feel ashamed, it is none too soon to go at once to the Throne of Heavenly Grace to obtain mercy and find fresh help for future times of need. Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore draw near with boldness unto the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy, and may find grace to help [us] in time of need.
Psalms 51:19 Then will thou delight in the sacrifices of righteousness, In burnt-offering and in whole burnt-offering: Then will they offer bullocks upon thine altar. David's language should not be understood to teach the restoration of the literal, bloody, typical sacrifices, is evident, for in the same connection he says, "Thou desirest not sacrifice [either typical or antitypical-- full atonement for sin having been accomplished by that time "once for all"]...The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise." All these sacrifices must be of the free will and desire of the offerer. Lev. 1:3 -- T96
The child of God thus keeping daily accounts with the Father and with the Redeemer, will abide in Their love and not be in danger of falling into any such great sins as these noted in this lesson. Even King David, we may be sure, would have fallen into no such sins had he not allowed gradually to arise earth-born clouds of fleshly hues between the Lord and himself.
1 Sun of my soul, my Father dear, I know no night when thou art near. O! may no earth-born cloud arise To hide thee from thy servants eyes. 2 Shield of my soul, tho tempests rage, And gainst me hosts of foes engage, My refuge and my fortress thou, Before thee evry foe must bow. 3 Thy grace and glory thou dost give To those who near thee ever live; And no good thing dost thou withhold From sheep which stray not from thy fold. 4 Thy choicest treasure, een thy Son, Thy well beloved and only one, Freely thou gavest once for me, From sin and death to set me free. 5 Yea, thou who sparedst not thy Son, Whose sacrifice our ransom won, Shalt, with him, all things freely give; He lives, a pledge that we shall live. Hymn 273 The Lord, A Sun And Shield
O SOUL OF MINE! O SOUL of mine, be calm, be still, Submit thyself to God, In all thy ways yield to His will, Nor faint beneath the rod. O soul of mine, like potter's clay Within the Master's hand, O let Him mould thee day by day, Till faultless thou shalt stand. O soul of mine, have faith, believe, Nor count the cost of strife, Fight on, faint not, thou shalt receive At last the Crown of Life!