Posted: October 22,2009
Let us continue to walk down through Psalm 51 of
which we have entitled ĎThe Sinnerís Guide To Repentanceí. I want
to look today at verses 7-12 and ĎThe Asking Of The Repentantí.
In verse 7 I am confronted with ĎThe
Asking For Spiritual Sanctificationí. David asked to be purged,
cleansed, and washed whiter than snow. The word purged means to
take away that which has caused one to miss the mark and thus not hit
the bullís eye. The word cleanse means to be ceremonially clean
thus accepted within the congregation. The word wash means to
perform the job of the fuller or soap maker. He makes all as white as
snow. This is a great step of faith on Davidís part after the awful sin
he has committed to think that our God can work such as this in our
sanctification. I was fascinated with one element of this
sanctification in the phrase, ĎPurge me with hyssopí. Hyssop grew
everywhere in those days. It would be nothing to pick some and purge
ones self. This hyssop of grace is grown nowhere but in our Lordís
heavenly garden of sanctification.
Let us now turn out attention of study
to verses 8-11 and ĎThe Asking For Spiritual Standingí. It is in
these verses David does not come as the prodigal and ask to be but a
hired servant. He asks to be restored to the standing he first had as a
child of God. Joy and gladness are for the most part felt, but here
David asks that he may hear them. When God speaks pardon and forgiveness
to the true repentant he hears it before he feels it. Because of sin
God has broken all that David holds to be his security. He now asks the
Lord to put it back together just like it was before it was broken. Oh,
how our God will often hurt that He might help. He breaks that he might
put back together if we but simply give Him all the pieces.
In verse 9 he extends the request for
his standing. He asks God not to look at his sin. He knows if God looks
He will only burn with wrath and anger. He repeats the request of verse
1 with but one addition. He asked before for God to blot out his
transgression and he now adds the word Ďallí. If God does not
blot them all out He will have to hide His face from us for all
eternity. I bless His name that all my sins are gone.
In verse 10 he does not ask for his old
heart to be clean. David knows this is what got him in this state.
Create in me a clean heart or literally put within me the very nature of
God. Create anew what wasnít there and renew again what has grown feeble
because of sin.
Lord, donít cast me away if only you
let me be the doorkeeper. That will be standing enough. Donít take your
Spirit from me. Let me have His counsel and comfort. I am a dead man
without them. Oh, what a standing sin took from David. No wonder he
wants it back.
In verse 12 there is ĎThe Asking For Spiritual
Steadfastnessí. Joy of salvation always comes after pardon and
forgiveness. It is the steadfast assurance that our sins are gone. David
asks to be upheld by the free Spirit of God. He knows he is but weak
humanity and prone to leave the God he loves again unless upheld by
Godís Holy Spirit. This sure is a marvelous handbook and guide to