We have been
walking down through Psalm 91 for the last few weeks. We have found
that it is not only a hymnbook for singing but also a prayer book
for worship. The first prayer we looked at was in verses 1-3 which
we entitled, ‘A Prayer for Remembrance’.
Let us look this
week at verse 11, ‘A Prayer for Remission’, which says,
thy name’s sake, O LORD, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great.”
Let us walk down
through this prayer with great caution, for we stand upon inspired
holiness. For a man to display the confession of his sins and
failures publicly would have to be inspired by God. We are by
nature a people who like to hide our sin from others and confess in
secret. Let us remember sins done in public are often demanded by
God to be confessed in public.
Let us see in our
text first of all, ‘The Approach of the Sinner’. Our LORD
determined in the ages past to do for sinners that which would bring
Him the most glory. When we come with a request that will bring Him
great pleasure and much glory then He is drawn to that request.
We also see in the
text, ‘The Adoration of the Saviour’. In this prayer David
cries, “O LORD”. The ‘O’ speaks of desperation. The
word ‘LORD’ is Jehovah, the self sufficient one and the one
who keeps the promise of His covenant. David is approaching the
promise keeping God with great adoration of praise.
In this prayer we
see, ‘The Advocate for the Sin’. He asks for his sins to be
the advocate of pardon. The root word for ‘pardon’ means to
forgive. In the Bible our LORD’S forgiveness is always connected
with His forgetting. Most of us will forgive if asked, but to turn
our forgetter off is another story. Hebrews 10:17 says, “And
their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.” Micah 7:19
says, “…and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the
sea.” Thank you LORD. My sins not in part but the whole were
nailed to the cross and I bear them no more.
There is in this
prayer ‘The Association with Sin’. David calls it “…mine
iniquity;” How many folks today want to blame the way they are
on someone else? The favorite blame is to say it is my parent’s
fault that I am the way I am. This is popular with the self-esteem
and psychology crowd. Oh, if someone would stand and say, ‘it’s
not my brother or my sister but it’s me O LORD, standing in the need
We see in this
prayer that David mentions ‘The Amount of Sin’. He makes
this statement “…for it is great.” The word ‘great’
speaks not only of the amount but the hideous nature of my sin. Why
would David mention the greatness of is sin? Where there is great
sin there must be great mercy. Where there is great sin grace will
much more abound.
LORD, thank you for
the great privilege of allowing us to confess our sins and find
forgiveness at your altar of mercy.