> The Berean: Daily Verse and Comment Sign up for the Berean: Daily Verse and Comment, and have Biblical truth delivered to your inbox. 51. Commentary on Psalm 51:1-17 View Bible Text . We remember that David suffered this agony as a king. A child of God knows no true nor solid joy but the joy of God’s salvation, joy in God his Saviour and in the hope of eternal life. The proud Pharisee despised the broken-hearted publican, and he thought very meanly of himself; but God did not despise him. Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness: Under the Old Covenant, David knew that God was not yet done with animal sacrifices. Psalms 51 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, spanning 23 volumes, covered the entire Bible with verse by verse exposition II. His prayer is much the same with that which our Saviour puts into the mouth of his penitent publican in the parable: God be merciful to me a sinner! He prays that God would prevent those national judgments which his sin had deserved, that he would continue those blessings, and carry on that good work, which it had threatened to retard and put a stop to. 1:16 .In these words we have,I. It is the blood of Christ (which is therefore called the blood of sprinkling, Heb. He created the world by the word of his power as the God of nature, and it is by the word of his power as the God of grace that we are clean (Jn. Or, (2.) “David felt that his sin was committed in all its filthiness while Jehovah himself looked on. After repudiating the ancient sacrifices of sheep, and showing that God wants a sacrifice of praise, lest people thing that this consists only in sound and noise from the lips, he shows what really perfects this sacrifice, namely, hope, contrition and true repentance. Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba. These short commentaries are based on Level A EasyEnglish (about 1200 word vocabulary) by Gordon Churchyard. © Copyright - Enduring Word       |      . The blood of Christ is called the blood of sprinkling, Hebrews 12:24. i. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. It is a heart breaking with itself, and breaking from its sin; it is a heart pliable to the word of God, and patient under the rod of God, a heart subdued and brought into obedience; it is a heart that is tender, like Josiah’s, and trembles at God’s word. He reiterates ‘my’ – ‘my transgressions, my iniquity, my sin.’ He does not throw blame on circumstances, or talk about temperament or maxims of society or bodily organisation. In the case of Psalm 51, the life-threatening situation is King David’s guilt over the taking of Bathsheba. "Lord, let me be as well assured of my restoration to thy favour, and to the privilege of communion with thee, as they were thereby assured of their re-admission to their former privileges.’’ But it is founded upon gospel-grace: Purge me with hyssop, that is, with the blood of Christ applied to my soul by a lively faith, as water of purification was sprinkled with a bunch of hyssop. David did not cry out for a superficial reform, but something much deeper. i. David’s acknowledgment of the grace of God (v. 6), both his good-will towards us ("thou desirest truth in the inward parts, thou wouldst have us all honest and sincere, and true to our profession’’) and his good work in us—"In the hidden part thou hast made,’’ or shalt make, "me to know wisdom.’’ Note, 1. You can also change some of your preferences. We may request cookies to be set on your device. What God requires of us he himself works in us, and he works it in the regular way, enlightening the mind, and so gaining the will. In the New Covenant the believer already has a new heart and is promised the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit. 2 Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. A. He owns himself obnoxious to God’s justice, and therefore casts himself upon his mercy; and it is certain that the best man in the world will be undone if God be not merciful to him. 1. This is the most deplorable and irremediable effect of sin; but it is one that in general, perhaps, is the least considered and regarded of all others.” (Horne). There was a sense in which he had to contend both with God and himself to bring him to the place he should be. And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness: David knew that with his guilt dealt with before God, he would again be able to sing aloud; that my mouth shall show forth Your praise. A Prayer of Repentance. Psalms 51 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary by Albert Barnes, a dedicated student of the Bible, continues to be very popular even today. Truth and wisdom will go very far towards making a man a good man. [1.] David offers the sacrifice of a penitent contrite heart, as that which he knew God would be pleased with. “With the word Create he asks for nothing less than a miracle. III. To the Chief Musician. Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions. A psalm of David. Psalm 51:10. This all those should do that have had the benefit of it, and owe their all to it. (16-19) 1-6 David, being convinced of his sin, poured out his soul to God in prayer for mercy and grace. Click to enable/disable _ga - Google Analytics Cookie. Next » Chapter 52. 15:3 ), that we are sanctified, Jn. It had made him weak, and therefore he prays, "Uphold me with the free Spirit: I am ready to fall, either into sin or into despair; Lord, sustain me; my own spirit’’ (though the spirit of a man will go far towards the sustaining of his infirmity) "is not sufficient; if I be left to myself, I shall certainly sink; therefore uphold me with thy Spirit, let him counterwork the evil spirit that would cast me down from my excellency. Lu. And sinners shall be converted to You. He hoped that God would enable him to make good his resolutions, that in the hidden part, in the new man, which is called the hidden man of the heart (1 Pt. Note, [1.] (1-6) He pleads for pardon, that he may promote the glory of God and the conversion of sinners. 3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. (Psalm 51 Commentary) J N Darby comments regarding purify me… There is the blessed consciousness, that, when the Lord washes us, we are clean every whit, whiter than snow. i. Hence our Saviour seems to borrow the confession which he puts into the mouth of the returning prodigal: I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, Lu. (Psalm 51 Commentary) J N Darby comments regarding purify me… There is the blessed consciousness, that, when the Lord washes us, we are clean every whit, whiter than snow. i. David didn’t say, “My punishment is ever before me,” or “My consequences are ever before me.” What bothered him was his sin. Herein, generally, he uses the ministry of the word, which yet he is not tied to. Observe,1. Yet he prays, Wash me, cleanse, blot out my transgressions; for God will be sought unto even for that which he has promised; and those whose sins are pardoned must pray that the pardon may be more and more cleared up to them. In the context of Psalm 51, it appears that David is asking the LORD to deliver him from his shameful silence — silence caused by the guilt from the blood of Uriah that is metaphorically dripping from his hands. Psalms 51-150 (Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, Band 8) | Wesselschmidt, Quentin F. | ISBN: 9780830814787 | Kostenloser Versand für alle Bücher mit Versand und Verkauf duch Amazon. also the accompanying psalm, the “sermon hymn” (Ps 51).5 That connection is not surprising, since it can be found throughout the narrative materials of the Old Testa-ment: a unity of story and song that suggests an essential interrelatedness of history and worship at the heart of Israel’s faith.6 Within this tradition, the David story is something of a special case. (7-15) God is pleased with a contrite heart, A prayer for the prosperity of Zion. If you do not want that we track your visit to our site you can disable tracking in your browser here: We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, and external Video providers. Psalm 51 English Standard Version Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God 1 To the choirmaster. Is ever before me: “To my great grief and regret, my conscience twitteth me with it, and the devil layeth it in my dish.” (Trapp), iii. 1 For the conductor, a song of David. A broken spirit: “If you and I have a broken spirit, all idea of our own importance is gone. Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, Had I duly considered this before, I find I should not have made so bold with the temptation, nor have ventured among the sparks with such tinder in my heart; and so the sin might have been prevented. David’s penitential confessions, v. 3-5.1. Herein, generally, he uses the ministry of the word, which yet he is not tied to. Psalm 51:5-6. "Wipe out my transgressions, that they may not appear to demand judgment against me, nor stare me in the face to my confusion and terror.’’ The blood of Christ, sprinkled upon the conscience, to purify and pacify that, blots out the transgression, and, having reconciled us to God, reconciles up to ourselves, v. 2. They would still offer bulls on Your altar. 132:2 ); a true penitent will make no mention of any such thing; but "Have mercy upon me for mercy’s sake. This expressed a humble reliance upon the LORD. Matthew Henry :: Commentary on Psalms 51 ← Back to Matthew Henry's Bio & Resources. i. And renew a steadfast spirit within me. The following cookies are also needed - You can choose if you want to allow them: You can read about our cookies and privacy settings in detail on our Privacy Policy Page. It is a work wrought upon the heart; that is it that God looks at, and requires, in all religious exercises, particularly in the exercises of repentance. What good work he promises to do: I will teach transgressors thy ways. This is that which he is most earnest for as the foundation of his comfort (v. 9): "Hide thy face from my sins, that is, be not provoked by them to deal with me as I deserve; they are ever before me, let them be cast behind thy back. Perhaps his neighboring kings were mystified as to why any of this bothered David. David was sensible of the wrong he had done to Judah and Jerusalem by his sin, how it had weakened the hands and saddened the hearts of good people, and opened the mouths of their adversaries; he was likewise afraid lest, he being a public person, his sin should bring judgments upon the city and kingdom, and therefore he prays to God to secure and advance those public interests which he had damaged and endangered. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. It has been noted that several of these requests don’t fit for the believer under the New Covenant (Jeremiah 31:31-34, Ezekiel 36:25-27). We don’t know if David never made the attempt because of a sense of guilt, or if he attempted and saw no blessing on his work. Hide Your face from my sins, And blot out all my iniquities. Lent is the 40 days before Easter. Hyssop was also used to sprinkle the priest’s purifying water (Numbers 19:18). 12:11 . i. “The unhappy criminal entreats, in this verse, for the divine help and deliverance, as if he not only heard the voice of innocent blood crying from the ground, but as if he saw the murdered Uriah coming upon him for vengeance, like an armed man.” (Horne). See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions. In confessing his sin, David hoped to confirm God’s justice and holy character, proving that His commands were good and just even when David broke those commands. (Psalm 51 Commentary) J R Miller - Next he prays for renewal of heart: "Create in me a pure heart, O God." That he might never be deprived of God’s grace: Take not thy Holy Spirit from me. Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. Each of us must walk in the light we have. Why, much the same as the use of a broken pot, or a broken jug, or a broken bottle!” (Spurgeon), ii. IV. 6:6, Mic. 12:24 ), that purges the conscience from dead works, from that guilt of sin and dread of God which shut us out of communion with him, as the touch of a dead body, under the law, shut a man out from the courts of God’s house. i. (Lukas 18.13) 4 Wasche mich wohl von meiner Missetat und reinige mich von meiner Sünde. Those that sow in penitential tears shall reap in the joys of God’s salvation when the times of refreshing shall come. Commentary. Do not cast me away from Your presence, Psalm 51 is classified as an individual lament in which a single voice cries out to God for deliverance from a life-threatening situation. God had forgiven him, but he could not forgive himself; and therefore he is thus importunate for pardon, as one that thought himself unworthy of it and knew how to value it.II. Psalm 51:7. 51:0 This is Psalm 51. 1 Ein Psalm Davids, vorzusingen; 2 da der Prophet Nathan zu ihm kam, als er war zu Bath-Seba eingegangen. It is ever against me’’ (so some); "I see it before me as an enemy, accusing and threatening me.’’ David was, upon all occasions, put in mind of his sin, and was willing to be so, for his further abasement. If this blood of Christ, which cleanses from all sin, cleanse us from our sin, then we shall be clean indeed, Heb. From this topic Joseph fetched the great argument against sin (Gen. 39:9 ), and David here the great aggravation of it: Against thee only. 20:19 ), Good is the word of the Lord, which thou hast spoken. And in sin my mother conceived me. 18:13 . He was very free to own his guilt before God: I acknowledge my transgressions; this he had formerly found the only way of easing his conscience, Ps. David’s humble petition, v. 1, v. 2. The repentance which, in this psalm, he expresses, he was brought to by the ministry of Nathan, who was sent of God to convince him of his sin, after he had continued above nine months (for aught that appears) without any particular expressions of remorse and sorrow for it. He prays for a complete and effectual pardon. Psalm 51 - For the director of music. (Practical Reflections on the Psalms - Book 2) J R Miller… He had, in this matter, discovered much inconstancy and inconsistency with himself, and therefore he prays, "Lord, fix me for the time to come, that I may never in like manner depart from thee.’’5. For the honour of the churches of God, v. 19. e. These, O God, You will not despise: It’s easy to imagine that many in David’s day would despise his broken and contrite heart. Chapter 51. Though David penned this psalm upon a very particular occasion, yet, it is of as general use as any of David's psalms; it is the most eminent of the penitential psalms, and most expressive of the cares and desires of a repenting sinner. We believe that the months of unconfessed sin were silent from a spirit of true praise. b. Do not think your desires are true towards God unless they are really so: he desireth truth in our desires.” (Spurgeon). He needed God to cleanse him, and to do it through the blood of the perfect sacrifice anticipated by animal sacrifices. 32:2 . Psalm 51 is one of 116 other psalms that have a superscription added to the beginning of the psalm that provides a notation identifying the author, historical context, and how it is to be sung. You will not despise: “This is great comfort to those that droop under a sense of sin and fear of wrath, being at next door to despair.” (Trapp). A broken and a contrite heart– With burnt offering and whole burnt offering; 1. d. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart: David had a great love for the House of the LORD and had sponsored great sacrifices unto God (2 Samuel 6:13, 6:17-18). That the bones You have broken may rejoice. “Here the psalmist petitions the Lord to be his priest by taking the hyssop and by declaring him cleansed from all sin.” (VanGemeren). He has discovered the black fountain of sin in his life, pouring up its defiling waters and polluting all his soul. I. David prays against the guilt of sin, and prays for the grace of God, enforcing both petitions from a plea taken from the glory of God, which he promises with thankfulness to show forth. Psalms 51 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary provides a free-flowing commentary on the entire text of each biblical book, along with background material. It is his truth that by wilful sin we deny, his conduct that we despise, his command that we disobey, his promise that we distrust, his name that we dishonour, and it is with him that we deal deceitfully and disingenuously. These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features. In the context of Psalm 51, it appears that David is asking the LORD to deliver him from his shameful silence — silence caused by the guilt from the blood of Uriah that is metaphorically dripping from his hands. Scriptures: 2 Sam. It is a terrible thing to be so directly confronted with the blackness of our sin, yet God means even this to be a prelude to joy and gladness. (2.) See what David here promises, v. 13. Verses 14-19 I. David prays against the guilt of sin, and prays for the grace of God, enforcing both petitions from a plea taken from the glory of God, which he promises with thankfulness to show forth. Solomon was so, and blessed Paul.2. Oh that there were such a heart in us! He prays for the grace of God and promises to improve that grace to his glory (v. 15): "O Lord! There are in thee not only lovingkindness and tender mercies, but abundance of them, a multitude of tender mercies for the forgiveness of many sinners, of many sins, to multiply pardons as we multiply transgressions.’’2. "The freeness of thy mercy, according to thy lovingkindness, thy clemency, the goodness of thy nature, which inclines thee to pity the miserable.’’ (2.) My sin is always before me: In the many months between the time David committed these sins and this confession, he had not escaped the sense of sin – it was always before him. “God could make him as if he had never sinned at all. I have nothing to plead with thee but,’’ (1.) How exceedingly sinful, how exceedingly miserable, was he, when the Spirit of the Lord had departed from him! 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Psalms 51 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, spanning 23 volumes, covered the entire Bible with verse by verse exposition II. His prayer is much the same with that which our Saviour puts into the mouth of his penitent publican in the parable: God be merciful to me a sinner! He prays that God would prevent those national judgments which his sin had deserved, that he would continue those blessings, and carry on that good work, which it had threatened to retard and put a stop to. 1:16 .In these words we have,I. It is the blood of Christ (which is therefore called the blood of sprinkling, Heb. He created the world by the word of his power as the God of nature, and it is by the word of his power as the God of grace that we are clean (Jn. Or, (2.) “David felt that his sin was committed in all its filthiness while Jehovah himself looked on. After repudiating the ancient sacrifices of sheep, and showing that God wants a sacrifice of praise, lest people thing that this consists only in sound and noise from the lips, he shows what really perfects this sacrifice, namely, hope, contrition and true repentance. Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba. These short commentaries are based on Level A EasyEnglish (about 1200 word vocabulary) by Gordon Churchyard. © Copyright - Enduring Word       |      . The blood of Christ is called the blood of sprinkling, Hebrews 12:24. i. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. It is a heart breaking with itself, and breaking from its sin; it is a heart pliable to the word of God, and patient under the rod of God, a heart subdued and brought into obedience; it is a heart that is tender, like Josiah’s, and trembles at God’s word. He reiterates ‘my’ – ‘my transgressions, my iniquity, my sin.’ He does not throw blame on circumstances, or talk about temperament or maxims of society or bodily organisation. In the case of Psalm 51, the life-threatening situation is King David’s guilt over the taking of Bathsheba. "Lord, let me be as well assured of my restoration to thy favour, and to the privilege of communion with thee, as they were thereby assured of their re-admission to their former privileges.’’ But it is founded upon gospel-grace: Purge me with hyssop, that is, with the blood of Christ applied to my soul by a lively faith, as water of purification was sprinkled with a bunch of hyssop. David did not cry out for a superficial reform, but something much deeper. i. David’s acknowledgment of the grace of God (v. 6), both his good-will towards us ("thou desirest truth in the inward parts, thou wouldst have us all honest and sincere, and true to our profession’’) and his good work in us—"In the hidden part thou hast made,’’ or shalt make, "me to know wisdom.’’ Note, 1. You can also change some of your preferences. We may request cookies to be set on your device. What God requires of us he himself works in us, and he works it in the regular way, enlightening the mind, and so gaining the will. In the New Covenant the believer already has a new heart and is promised the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit. 2 Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. A. He owns himself obnoxious to God’s justice, and therefore casts himself upon his mercy; and it is certain that the best man in the world will be undone if God be not merciful to him. 1. This is the most deplorable and irremediable effect of sin; but it is one that in general, perhaps, is the least considered and regarded of all others.” (Horne). There was a sense in which he had to contend both with God and himself to bring him to the place he should be. And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness: David knew that with his guilt dealt with before God, he would again be able to sing aloud; that my mouth shall show forth Your praise. A Prayer of Repentance. Psalms 51 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary by Albert Barnes, a dedicated student of the Bible, continues to be very popular even today. Truth and wisdom will go very far towards making a man a good man. [1.] David offers the sacrifice of a penitent contrite heart, as that which he knew God would be pleased with. “With the word Create he asks for nothing less than a miracle. III. To the Chief Musician. Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions. A psalm of David. Psalm 51:10. This all those should do that have had the benefit of it, and owe their all to it. (16-19) 1-6 David, being convinced of his sin, poured out his soul to God in prayer for mercy and grace. Click to enable/disable _ga - Google Analytics Cookie. Next » Chapter 52. 15:3 ), that we are sanctified, Jn. It had made him weak, and therefore he prays, "Uphold me with the free Spirit: I am ready to fall, either into sin or into despair; Lord, sustain me; my own spirit’’ (though the spirit of a man will go far towards the sustaining of his infirmity) "is not sufficient; if I be left to myself, I shall certainly sink; therefore uphold me with thy Spirit, let him counterwork the evil spirit that would cast me down from my excellency. Lu. And sinners shall be converted to You. He hoped that God would enable him to make good his resolutions, that in the hidden part, in the new man, which is called the hidden man of the heart (1 Pt. Note, [1.] (1-6) He pleads for pardon, that he may promote the glory of God and the conversion of sinners. 3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. (Psalm 51 Commentary) J N Darby comments regarding purify me… There is the blessed consciousness, that, when the Lord washes us, we are clean every whit, whiter than snow. i. Hence our Saviour seems to borrow the confession which he puts into the mouth of the returning prodigal: I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, Lu. (Psalm 51 Commentary) J N Darby comments regarding purify me… There is the blessed consciousness, that, when the Lord washes us, we are clean every whit, whiter than snow. i. David didn’t say, “My punishment is ever before me,” or “My consequences are ever before me.” What bothered him was his sin. Herein, generally, he uses the ministry of the word, which yet he is not tied to. Observe,1. Yet he prays, Wash me, cleanse, blot out my transgressions; for God will be sought unto even for that which he has promised; and those whose sins are pardoned must pray that the pardon may be more and more cleared up to them. In the context of Psalm 51, it appears that David is asking the LORD to deliver him from his shameful silence — silence caused by the guilt from the blood of Uriah that is metaphorically dripping from his hands. Psalms 51-150 (Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, Band 8) | Wesselschmidt, Quentin F. | ISBN: 9780830814787 | Kostenloser Versand für alle Bücher mit Versand und Verkauf duch Amazon. also the accompanying psalm, the “sermon hymn” (Ps 51).5 That connection is not surprising, since it can be found throughout the narrative materials of the Old Testa-ment: a unity of story and song that suggests an essential interrelatedness of history and worship at the heart of Israel’s faith.6 Within this tradition, the David story is something of a special case. (7-15) God is pleased with a contrite heart, A prayer for the prosperity of Zion. If you do not want that we track your visit to our site you can disable tracking in your browser here: We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, and external Video providers. Psalm 51 English Standard Version Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God 1 To the choirmaster. Is ever before me: “To my great grief and regret, my conscience twitteth me with it, and the devil layeth it in my dish.” (Trapp), iii. 1 For the conductor, a song of David. A broken spirit: “If you and I have a broken spirit, all idea of our own importance is gone. Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, Had I duly considered this before, I find I should not have made so bold with the temptation, nor have ventured among the sparks with such tinder in my heart; and so the sin might have been prevented. David’s penitential confessions, v. 3-5.1. Herein, generally, he uses the ministry of the word, which yet he is not tied to. Psalm 51:5-6. "Wipe out my transgressions, that they may not appear to demand judgment against me, nor stare me in the face to my confusion and terror.’’ The blood of Christ, sprinkled upon the conscience, to purify and pacify that, blots out the transgression, and, having reconciled us to God, reconciles up to ourselves, v. 2. They would still offer bulls on Your altar. 132:2 ); a true penitent will make no mention of any such thing; but "Have mercy upon me for mercy’s sake. This expressed a humble reliance upon the LORD. Matthew Henry :: Commentary on Psalms 51 ← Back to Matthew Henry's Bio & Resources. i. And renew a steadfast spirit within me. The following cookies are also needed - You can choose if you want to allow them: You can read about our cookies and privacy settings in detail on our Privacy Policy Page. It is a work wrought upon the heart; that is it that God looks at, and requires, in all religious exercises, particularly in the exercises of repentance. What good work he promises to do: I will teach transgressors thy ways. This is that which he is most earnest for as the foundation of his comfort (v. 9): "Hide thy face from my sins, that is, be not provoked by them to deal with me as I deserve; they are ever before me, let them be cast behind thy back. Perhaps his neighboring kings were mystified as to why any of this bothered David. David was sensible of the wrong he had done to Judah and Jerusalem by his sin, how it had weakened the hands and saddened the hearts of good people, and opened the mouths of their adversaries; he was likewise afraid lest, he being a public person, his sin should bring judgments upon the city and kingdom, and therefore he prays to God to secure and advance those public interests which he had damaged and endangered. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. It has been noted that several of these requests don’t fit for the believer under the New Covenant (Jeremiah 31:31-34, Ezekiel 36:25-27). We don’t know if David never made the attempt because of a sense of guilt, or if he attempted and saw no blessing on his work. Hide Your face from my sins, And blot out all my iniquities. Lent is the 40 days before Easter. Hyssop was also used to sprinkle the priest’s purifying water (Numbers 19:18). 12:11 . i. “The unhappy criminal entreats, in this verse, for the divine help and deliverance, as if he not only heard the voice of innocent blood crying from the ground, but as if he saw the murdered Uriah coming upon him for vengeance, like an armed man.” (Horne). See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions. In confessing his sin, David hoped to confirm God’s justice and holy character, proving that His commands were good and just even when David broke those commands. (Psalm 51 Commentary) J R Miller - Next he prays for renewal of heart: "Create in me a pure heart, O God." That he might never be deprived of God’s grace: Take not thy Holy Spirit from me. Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. Each of us must walk in the light we have. Why, much the same as the use of a broken pot, or a broken jug, or a broken bottle!” (Spurgeon), ii. IV. 6:6, Mic. 12:24 ), that purges the conscience from dead works, from that guilt of sin and dread of God which shut us out of communion with him, as the touch of a dead body, under the law, shut a man out from the courts of God’s house. i. (Lukas 18.13) 4 Wasche mich wohl von meiner Missetat und reinige mich von meiner Sünde. Those that sow in penitential tears shall reap in the joys of God’s salvation when the times of refreshing shall come. Commentary. Do not cast me away from Your presence, Psalm 51 is classified as an individual lament in which a single voice cries out to God for deliverance from a life-threatening situation. God had forgiven him, but he could not forgive himself; and therefore he is thus importunate for pardon, as one that thought himself unworthy of it and knew how to value it.II. Psalm 51:7. 51:0 This is Psalm 51. 1 Ein Psalm Davids, vorzusingen; 2 da der Prophet Nathan zu ihm kam, als er war zu Bath-Seba eingegangen. It is ever against me’’ (so some); "I see it before me as an enemy, accusing and threatening me.’’ David was, upon all occasions, put in mind of his sin, and was willing to be so, for his further abasement. If this blood of Christ, which cleanses from all sin, cleanse us from our sin, then we shall be clean indeed, Heb. From this topic Joseph fetched the great argument against sin (Gen. 39:9 ), and David here the great aggravation of it: Against thee only. 20:19 ), Good is the word of the Lord, which thou hast spoken. And in sin my mother conceived me. 18:13 . He was very free to own his guilt before God: I acknowledge my transgressions; this he had formerly found the only way of easing his conscience, Ps. David’s humble petition, v. 1, v. 2. The repentance which, in this psalm, he expresses, he was brought to by the ministry of Nathan, who was sent of God to convince him of his sin, after he had continued above nine months (for aught that appears) without any particular expressions of remorse and sorrow for it. He prays for a complete and effectual pardon. Psalm 51 - For the director of music. (Practical Reflections on the Psalms - Book 2) J R Miller… He had, in this matter, discovered much inconstancy and inconsistency with himself, and therefore he prays, "Lord, fix me for the time to come, that I may never in like manner depart from thee.’’5. For the honour of the churches of God, v. 19. e. These, O God, You will not despise: It’s easy to imagine that many in David’s day would despise his broken and contrite heart. Chapter 51. Though David penned this psalm upon a very particular occasion, yet, it is of as general use as any of David's psalms; it is the most eminent of the penitential psalms, and most expressive of the cares and desires of a repenting sinner. We believe that the months of unconfessed sin were silent from a spirit of true praise. b. Do not think your desires are true towards God unless they are really so: he desireth truth in our desires.” (Spurgeon). He needed God to cleanse him, and to do it through the blood of the perfect sacrifice anticipated by animal sacrifices. 32:2 . Psalm 51 is one of 116 other psalms that have a superscription added to the beginning of the psalm that provides a notation identifying the author, historical context, and how it is to be sung. You will not despise: “This is great comfort to those that droop under a sense of sin and fear of wrath, being at next door to despair.” (Trapp). A broken and a contrite heart– With burnt offering and whole burnt offering; 1. d. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart: David had a great love for the House of the LORD and had sponsored great sacrifices unto God (2 Samuel 6:13, 6:17-18). That the bones You have broken may rejoice. “Here the psalmist petitions the Lord to be his priest by taking the hyssop and by declaring him cleansed from all sin.” (VanGemeren). He has discovered the black fountain of sin in his life, pouring up its defiling waters and polluting all his soul. I. David prays against the guilt of sin, and prays for the grace of God, enforcing both petitions from a plea taken from the glory of God, which he promises with thankfulness to show forth. Psalms 51 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary provides a free-flowing commentary on the entire text of each biblical book, along with background material. It is his truth that by wilful sin we deny, his conduct that we despise, his command that we disobey, his promise that we distrust, his name that we dishonour, and it is with him that we deal deceitfully and disingenuously. These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features. In the context of Psalm 51, it appears that David is asking the LORD to deliver him from his shameful silence — silence caused by the guilt from the blood of Uriah that is metaphorically dripping from his hands. Scriptures: 2 Sam. It is a terrible thing to be so directly confronted with the blackness of our sin, yet God means even this to be a prelude to joy and gladness. (2.) See what David here promises, v. 13. Verses 14-19 I. David prays against the guilt of sin, and prays for the grace of God, enforcing both petitions from a plea taken from the glory of God, which he promises with thankfulness to show forth. Solomon was so, and blessed Paul.2. Oh that there were such a heart in us! He prays for the grace of God and promises to improve that grace to his glory (v. 15): "O Lord! There are in thee not only lovingkindness and tender mercies, but abundance of them, a multitude of tender mercies for the forgiveness of many sinners, of many sins, to multiply pardons as we multiply transgressions.’’2. "The freeness of thy mercy, according to thy lovingkindness, thy clemency, the goodness of thy nature, which inclines thee to pity the miserable.’’ (2.) My sin is always before me: In the many months between the time David committed these sins and this confession, he had not escaped the sense of sin – it was always before him. “God could make him as if he had never sinned at all. I have nothing to plead with thee but,’’ (1.) How exceedingly sinful, how exceedingly miserable, was he, when the Spirit of the Lord had departed from him! 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When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba. He did his best to ignore it and deny it, but as a genuine child of God he could not escape it. (2. What is the particular mercy that he begs—the pardon of sin. 9. Let me consider it now, not to excuse or extenuate the sin—Lord, I did so; but indeed I could not help it, my inclination led me to it’’ (for as that plea is false, with due care and watchfulness, and improvement of the grace of God, he might have helped it, so it is what a true penitent never offers to put in), "but let me consider it rather as an aggravation of the sin: Lord, I have not only been guilty of adultery and murder, but I have an adulterous murderous nature; therefore I abhor myself.’’ David elsewhere speaks of the admirable structure of his body (Ps. "God’s will be done; but, Lord, rebuke me not in thy wrath. Commentaries on Psalms. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Yet all of that faded into the background as he considered the greatness of his sin against God. He is very forward to own his sin, and aggravate it, not only that he might obtain the pardon of it himself, but that by his confession he might give honour to God. If God would show himself reconciled to him and his people, as he had prayed, then they should go on with the public services of his house, (1.) God is hereby justified and cleared: "Lord, thou was not the author of my sin; there is no blame to be laid upon thee; but I alone must bear it; for thou has many a time admonished me to be sincere, and hast made me to know that which, if I had duly considered it, would have prevented my falling into this sin; had I improved the grace thou hast given me, I should have kept my integrity.’’ (2.) b. (1.) Cheerfully to themselves. "To all the particular worshippers in Zion, to all that love and fear thy name; keep them from falling into such wounding wasting sins as these of mine; defend and succour all that fear thy name.’’ Those that have been in spiritual troubles themselves know how to pity and pray for those that are in like manner afflicted. Show content in: English Both Hebrew. He did this without excuse, blame-shifting, or rationalization. Psalms 51:3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. 3. See here, (1.) God’s way towards us in pardoning mercy; how ready he is to receive those that return to him. The consideration of the prejudice we have done to the public interests by our sins should engage us to do them all the service we can, particularly by our prayers.2. The God of my salvation, Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. None but a child of God cares for the eye of God.” (Spurgeon). 139:14, Ps. "This not only proves it upon me, but renders it exceedingly sinful.’’ This should greatly humble us for all our sins, that they have been committed under the eye of God, which argues either a disbelief of his omniscience or a contempt of his justice. And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom. Confident that this was the work of the Holy Spirit, David could pray that it would lead to joy and gladness, that out of his brokenness David would rejoice. OUTLINE I. DAVID'S PLEA (51:1-12) A. The more cheerful we are in our duty the more constant we shall be to it.II. c. Make me hear joy and gladness, that the bones You have broken may rejoice: David felt the brokenness fitting for the sinner under the conviction of the Holy Spirit; it was so severe he felt as if his bones were broken. "Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done [this] evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified … open thou my lips, not only that I may teach and instruct sinners’’ (which the best preacher cannot do to any purpose unless God give him the opening of the mouth, and the tongue of the learned), "but that my mouth may show forth thy praise, not only that I may have abundant matter for praise, but a heart enlarged in praise.’’ Guilt had closed his lips, had gone near to stop the mouth of prayer; he could not for shame, he could not for fear, come into the presence of that God whom he knew he had offended, much less speak to him; his heart condemned him, and therefore he had little confidence towards God. This he dreads more than any thing. This penitential psalm should be studied along with Psalm 32, in which David describes the blessedness and joy of one who has received the forgiveness prayed for in this psalm. For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; We provide you with a list of stored cookies on your computer in our domain so you can check what we stored. $47.22 : $25.12: Paperback "Please retry" $50.00 . i. Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion; build the walls of Jerusalem: David realized that in his sin he did not only fail as a man, a husband, and a father. The sin which, in this psalm, he laments, was the folly and wickedness he committed with his neighbour’s wife, a sin not to be spoken of, nor thought of, without detestation. Yet he understood that one could sacrifice an animal or many animals to God without a broken and contrite heart. A Psalm of David # 2 Sam. b. Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, i. It’s also possible that David had in mind the sacrifices that were regularly offered on behalf of Israel, and that they could be restored to meaning and benefit on behalf of the nation. But see how little God valued this. [2.] (Der vierte Bußpsalm) 1 Ein Psalm Davids, vorzusingen, 2 als der Prophet Nathan zu ihm kam, nachdem er zu Batseba eingegangen war. Psalms 52. Note, Those to whom God is the God of salvation he will deliver from guilt; for the salvation he is the God of is salvation from sin. His sin was a deep stain but purity could be restored. For grace to go and sin no more (v. 10, v. 11, v. 14). David was a very good man, and yet, having sinned, he willingly accommodates himself to the place and posture of a penitent. Changes will take effect once you reload the page. The sense of God’s goodness to them would enlarge their hearts in all the instances and expressions of thankfulness and obedience. א לַֽ֜מְנַצֵּ֗חַ מִזְמ֥וֹר לְדָוִֽד: 2 When Nathan the prophet came to him when he went to Bath-sheba. The NY Times reported something unusual that happened at 112 West 44th Street in Manhattan last year. 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Make me hear joy and gladness, That the bones You have broken may rejoice. David didn’t think for a moment that he could cleanse himself. Such a request presented to the God of my salvation would surely be answered. With the heart issues addressed, those sacrifices could be full of meaning and benefit. And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness. Observe,1. In the case of Psalm 51, the life-threatening situation is King David’s guilt over the taking of Bathsheba. The title has reference to a very sad story, that of David’s fall. i. Nathan said, Thou art the man. This point is technically true, yet doesn’t take away from the deep sense of a need for restoration and return to the first things that may mark an erring child of God even under the New Covenant. He promises to do what he could for the good of the souls of others (v. 13) and for the glory of God (v. 16, v. 17, v. 19). … Multiple to wash me; the stain is deep, for I have lain long soaking in the guilt, so that it will not easily be got out. He prays against the guilt of sin, that he might be delivered from that, and promises that then he would praise God, v. 14. II. The particular sin he prays against is blood-guiltiness, the sin he had now been guilty of, having slain Uriah with the sword of the children of Ammon. ii. Two things David laments in his sin:—First, That it was committed against God. “He is requesting a great thing; he seeks joy for a sinful heart, music for crushed bones. Purge: “It is based on the word for sin (chattath) and literally means ‘de-sin’ me. 66:1, Isa. i. Psalms 51, Adam Clarke Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary is one of the most respected interdenominational commentaries ever written. He prays that God would cleanse him from his sins and the defilement he had contracted by them (. He cannot himself purify this black well, and he … Psalm 51 is the 51st psalm of the Book of Psalms, in English known by its first verse in the King James Version, "Have mercy upon me, O God".In the Greek Septuagint version of the bible, and the Latin Vulgate, this psalm is Psalm 50 in a slightly different numbering system. It is pride and stubbornness that keeps many of us … The Lord has taken away thy sin; thou shalt not die, 2 Sa. Other Forerunner Commentary entries containing Psalms 51:11: 2 Samuel 12:15 Matthew 18:2-5 Romans 8:7-9 Psalms 51:10 : Psalms 51:12 >> The Berean: Daily Verse and Comment Sign up for the Berean: Daily Verse and Comment, and have Biblical truth delivered to your inbox. 51. Commentary on Psalm 51:1-17 View Bible Text . We remember that David suffered this agony as a king. A child of God knows no true nor solid joy but the joy of God’s salvation, joy in God his Saviour and in the hope of eternal life. The proud Pharisee despised the broken-hearted publican, and he thought very meanly of himself; but God did not despise him. Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness: Under the Old Covenant, David knew that God was not yet done with animal sacrifices. Psalms 51 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, spanning 23 volumes, covered the entire Bible with verse by verse exposition II. His prayer is much the same with that which our Saviour puts into the mouth of his penitent publican in the parable: God be merciful to me a sinner! He prays that God would prevent those national judgments which his sin had deserved, that he would continue those blessings, and carry on that good work, which it had threatened to retard and put a stop to. 1:16 .In these words we have,I. It is the blood of Christ (which is therefore called the blood of sprinkling, Heb. He created the world by the word of his power as the God of nature, and it is by the word of his power as the God of grace that we are clean (Jn. Or, (2.) “David felt that his sin was committed in all its filthiness while Jehovah himself looked on. After repudiating the ancient sacrifices of sheep, and showing that God wants a sacrifice of praise, lest people thing that this consists only in sound and noise from the lips, he shows what really perfects this sacrifice, namely, hope, contrition and true repentance. Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba. These short commentaries are based on Level A EasyEnglish (about 1200 word vocabulary) by Gordon Churchyard. © Copyright - Enduring Word       |      . The blood of Christ is called the blood of sprinkling, Hebrews 12:24. i. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. It is a heart breaking with itself, and breaking from its sin; it is a heart pliable to the word of God, and patient under the rod of God, a heart subdued and brought into obedience; it is a heart that is tender, like Josiah’s, and trembles at God’s word. He reiterates ‘my’ – ‘my transgressions, my iniquity, my sin.’ He does not throw blame on circumstances, or talk about temperament or maxims of society or bodily organisation. In the case of Psalm 51, the life-threatening situation is King David’s guilt over the taking of Bathsheba. "Lord, let me be as well assured of my restoration to thy favour, and to the privilege of communion with thee, as they were thereby assured of their re-admission to their former privileges.’’ But it is founded upon gospel-grace: Purge me with hyssop, that is, with the blood of Christ applied to my soul by a lively faith, as water of purification was sprinkled with a bunch of hyssop. David did not cry out for a superficial reform, but something much deeper. i. David’s acknowledgment of the grace of God (v. 6), both his good-will towards us ("thou desirest truth in the inward parts, thou wouldst have us all honest and sincere, and true to our profession’’) and his good work in us—"In the hidden part thou hast made,’’ or shalt make, "me to know wisdom.’’ Note, 1. You can also change some of your preferences. We may request cookies to be set on your device. What God requires of us he himself works in us, and he works it in the regular way, enlightening the mind, and so gaining the will. In the New Covenant the believer already has a new heart and is promised the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit. 2 Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. A. He owns himself obnoxious to God’s justice, and therefore casts himself upon his mercy; and it is certain that the best man in the world will be undone if God be not merciful to him. 1. This is the most deplorable and irremediable effect of sin; but it is one that in general, perhaps, is the least considered and regarded of all others.” (Horne). There was a sense in which he had to contend both with God and himself to bring him to the place he should be. And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness: David knew that with his guilt dealt with before God, he would again be able to sing aloud; that my mouth shall show forth Your praise. A Prayer of Repentance. Psalms 51 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary by Albert Barnes, a dedicated student of the Bible, continues to be very popular even today. Truth and wisdom will go very far towards making a man a good man. [1.] David offers the sacrifice of a penitent contrite heart, as that which he knew God would be pleased with. “With the word Create he asks for nothing less than a miracle. III. To the Chief Musician. Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions. A psalm of David. Psalm 51:10. This all those should do that have had the benefit of it, and owe their all to it. (16-19) 1-6 David, being convinced of his sin, poured out his soul to God in prayer for mercy and grace. Click to enable/disable _ga - Google Analytics Cookie. Next » Chapter 52. 15:3 ), that we are sanctified, Jn. It had made him weak, and therefore he prays, "Uphold me with the free Spirit: I am ready to fall, either into sin or into despair; Lord, sustain me; my own spirit’’ (though the spirit of a man will go far towards the sustaining of his infirmity) "is not sufficient; if I be left to myself, I shall certainly sink; therefore uphold me with thy Spirit, let him counterwork the evil spirit that would cast me down from my excellency. Lu. And sinners shall be converted to You. He hoped that God would enable him to make good his resolutions, that in the hidden part, in the new man, which is called the hidden man of the heart (1 Pt. Note, [1.] (1-6) He pleads for pardon, that he may promote the glory of God and the conversion of sinners. 3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. (Psalm 51 Commentary) J N Darby comments regarding purify me… There is the blessed consciousness, that, when the Lord washes us, we are clean every whit, whiter than snow. i. Hence our Saviour seems to borrow the confession which he puts into the mouth of the returning prodigal: I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, Lu. (Psalm 51 Commentary) J N Darby comments regarding purify me… There is the blessed consciousness, that, when the Lord washes us, we are clean every whit, whiter than snow. i. David didn’t say, “My punishment is ever before me,” or “My consequences are ever before me.” What bothered him was his sin. Herein, generally, he uses the ministry of the word, which yet he is not tied to. Observe,1. Yet he prays, Wash me, cleanse, blot out my transgressions; for God will be sought unto even for that which he has promised; and those whose sins are pardoned must pray that the pardon may be more and more cleared up to them. In the context of Psalm 51, it appears that David is asking the LORD to deliver him from his shameful silence — silence caused by the guilt from the blood of Uriah that is metaphorically dripping from his hands. Psalms 51-150 (Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, Band 8) | Wesselschmidt, Quentin F. | ISBN: 9780830814787 | Kostenloser Versand für alle Bücher mit Versand und Verkauf duch Amazon. also the accompanying psalm, the “sermon hymn” (Ps 51).5 That connection is not surprising, since it can be found throughout the narrative materials of the Old Testa-ment: a unity of story and song that suggests an essential interrelatedness of history and worship at the heart of Israel’s faith.6 Within this tradition, the David story is something of a special case. (7-15) God is pleased with a contrite heart, A prayer for the prosperity of Zion. If you do not want that we track your visit to our site you can disable tracking in your browser here: We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, and external Video providers. Psalm 51 English Standard Version Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God 1 To the choirmaster. Is ever before me: “To my great grief and regret, my conscience twitteth me with it, and the devil layeth it in my dish.” (Trapp), iii. 1 For the conductor, a song of David. A broken spirit: “If you and I have a broken spirit, all idea of our own importance is gone. Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, Had I duly considered this before, I find I should not have made so bold with the temptation, nor have ventured among the sparks with such tinder in my heart; and so the sin might have been prevented. David’s penitential confessions, v. 3-5.1. Herein, generally, he uses the ministry of the word, which yet he is not tied to. Psalm 51:5-6. "Wipe out my transgressions, that they may not appear to demand judgment against me, nor stare me in the face to my confusion and terror.’’ The blood of Christ, sprinkled upon the conscience, to purify and pacify that, blots out the transgression, and, having reconciled us to God, reconciles up to ourselves, v. 2. They would still offer bulls on Your altar. 132:2 ); a true penitent will make no mention of any such thing; but "Have mercy upon me for mercy’s sake. This expressed a humble reliance upon the LORD. Matthew Henry :: Commentary on Psalms 51 ← Back to Matthew Henry's Bio & Resources. i. And renew a steadfast spirit within me. The following cookies are also needed - You can choose if you want to allow them: You can read about our cookies and privacy settings in detail on our Privacy Policy Page. It is a work wrought upon the heart; that is it that God looks at, and requires, in all religious exercises, particularly in the exercises of repentance. What good work he promises to do: I will teach transgressors thy ways. This is that which he is most earnest for as the foundation of his comfort (v. 9): "Hide thy face from my sins, that is, be not provoked by them to deal with me as I deserve; they are ever before me, let them be cast behind thy back. Perhaps his neighboring kings were mystified as to why any of this bothered David. David was sensible of the wrong he had done to Judah and Jerusalem by his sin, how it had weakened the hands and saddened the hearts of good people, and opened the mouths of their adversaries; he was likewise afraid lest, he being a public person, his sin should bring judgments upon the city and kingdom, and therefore he prays to God to secure and advance those public interests which he had damaged and endangered. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. It has been noted that several of these requests don’t fit for the believer under the New Covenant (Jeremiah 31:31-34, Ezekiel 36:25-27). We don’t know if David never made the attempt because of a sense of guilt, or if he attempted and saw no blessing on his work. Hide Your face from my sins, And blot out all my iniquities. Lent is the 40 days before Easter. Hyssop was also used to sprinkle the priest’s purifying water (Numbers 19:18). 12:11 . i. “The unhappy criminal entreats, in this verse, for the divine help and deliverance, as if he not only heard the voice of innocent blood crying from the ground, but as if he saw the murdered Uriah coming upon him for vengeance, like an armed man.” (Horne). See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions. In confessing his sin, David hoped to confirm God’s justice and holy character, proving that His commands were good and just even when David broke those commands. (Psalm 51 Commentary) J R Miller - Next he prays for renewal of heart: "Create in me a pure heart, O God." That he might never be deprived of God’s grace: Take not thy Holy Spirit from me. Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. Each of us must walk in the light we have. Why, much the same as the use of a broken pot, or a broken jug, or a broken bottle!” (Spurgeon), ii. IV. 6:6, Mic. 12:24 ), that purges the conscience from dead works, from that guilt of sin and dread of God which shut us out of communion with him, as the touch of a dead body, under the law, shut a man out from the courts of God’s house. i. (Lukas 18.13) 4 Wasche mich wohl von meiner Missetat und reinige mich von meiner Sünde. Those that sow in penitential tears shall reap in the joys of God’s salvation when the times of refreshing shall come. Commentary. Do not cast me away from Your presence, Psalm 51 is classified as an individual lament in which a single voice cries out to God for deliverance from a life-threatening situation. God had forgiven him, but he could not forgive himself; and therefore he is thus importunate for pardon, as one that thought himself unworthy of it and knew how to value it.II. Psalm 51:7. 51:0 This is Psalm 51. 1 Ein Psalm Davids, vorzusingen; 2 da der Prophet Nathan zu ihm kam, als er war zu Bath-Seba eingegangen. It is ever against me’’ (so some); "I see it before me as an enemy, accusing and threatening me.’’ David was, upon all occasions, put in mind of his sin, and was willing to be so, for his further abasement. If this blood of Christ, which cleanses from all sin, cleanse us from our sin, then we shall be clean indeed, Heb. From this topic Joseph fetched the great argument against sin (Gen. 39:9 ), and David here the great aggravation of it: Against thee only. 20:19 ), Good is the word of the Lord, which thou hast spoken. And in sin my mother conceived me. 18:13 . He was very free to own his guilt before God: I acknowledge my transgressions; this he had formerly found the only way of easing his conscience, Ps. David’s humble petition, v. 1, v. 2. The repentance which, in this psalm, he expresses, he was brought to by the ministry of Nathan, who was sent of God to convince him of his sin, after he had continued above nine months (for aught that appears) without any particular expressions of remorse and sorrow for it. He prays for a complete and effectual pardon. Psalm 51 - For the director of music. (Practical Reflections on the Psalms - Book 2) J R Miller… He had, in this matter, discovered much inconstancy and inconsistency with himself, and therefore he prays, "Lord, fix me for the time to come, that I may never in like manner depart from thee.’’5. For the honour of the churches of God, v. 19. e. These, O God, You will not despise: It’s easy to imagine that many in David’s day would despise his broken and contrite heart. Chapter 51. Though David penned this psalm upon a very particular occasion, yet, it is of as general use as any of David's psalms; it is the most eminent of the penitential psalms, and most expressive of the cares and desires of a repenting sinner. We believe that the months of unconfessed sin were silent from a spirit of true praise. b. Do not think your desires are true towards God unless they are really so: he desireth truth in our desires.” (Spurgeon). He needed God to cleanse him, and to do it through the blood of the perfect sacrifice anticipated by animal sacrifices. 32:2 . Psalm 51 is one of 116 other psalms that have a superscription added to the beginning of the psalm that provides a notation identifying the author, historical context, and how it is to be sung. You will not despise: “This is great comfort to those that droop under a sense of sin and fear of wrath, being at next door to despair.” (Trapp). A broken and a contrite heart– With burnt offering and whole burnt offering; 1. d. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart: David had a great love for the House of the LORD and had sponsored great sacrifices unto God (2 Samuel 6:13, 6:17-18). That the bones You have broken may rejoice. “Here the psalmist petitions the Lord to be his priest by taking the hyssop and by declaring him cleansed from all sin.” (VanGemeren). He has discovered the black fountain of sin in his life, pouring up its defiling waters and polluting all his soul. I. David prays against the guilt of sin, and prays for the grace of God, enforcing both petitions from a plea taken from the glory of God, which he promises with thankfulness to show forth. Psalms 51 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary provides a free-flowing commentary on the entire text of each biblical book, along with background material. It is his truth that by wilful sin we deny, his conduct that we despise, his command that we disobey, his promise that we distrust, his name that we dishonour, and it is with him that we deal deceitfully and disingenuously. These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features. In the context of Psalm 51, it appears that David is asking the LORD to deliver him from his shameful silence — silence caused by the guilt from the blood of Uriah that is metaphorically dripping from his hands. Scriptures: 2 Sam. It is a terrible thing to be so directly confronted with the blackness of our sin, yet God means even this to be a prelude to joy and gladness. (2.) See what David here promises, v. 13. Verses 14-19 I. David prays against the guilt of sin, and prays for the grace of God, enforcing both petitions from a plea taken from the glory of God, which he promises with thankfulness to show forth. Solomon was so, and blessed Paul.2. Oh that there were such a heart in us! He prays for the grace of God and promises to improve that grace to his glory (v. 15): "O Lord! There are in thee not only lovingkindness and tender mercies, but abundance of them, a multitude of tender mercies for the forgiveness of many sinners, of many sins, to multiply pardons as we multiply transgressions.’’2. "The freeness of thy mercy, according to thy lovingkindness, thy clemency, the goodness of thy nature, which inclines thee to pity the miserable.’’ (2.) My sin is always before me: In the many months between the time David committed these sins and this confession, he had not escaped the sense of sin – it was always before him. “God could make him as if he had never sinned at all. I have nothing to plead with thee but,’’ (1.) How exceedingly sinful, how exceedingly miserable, was he, when the Spirit of the Lord had departed from him! 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