Devo Nothing but the Blood
Psalm 51 (NIV)
1 Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
and justified when you judge.
5 Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
you taught me wisdom in that secret place. 7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity. 10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. 13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
so that sinners will turn back to you.
14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
you who are God my Savior,
and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
15 Open my lips, Lord,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 My sacrifice, O God, is[b] a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart
you, God, will not despise. 18 May it please you to prosper Zion,
to build up the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,
in burnt offerings offered whole;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.
I know this is long, but worth it. David had killed the Lion and the bear. He defeated and killed Goliath. He was promoted by God to be King and won many wars, but was brought down by sin. This Psalm was written after he committed adultery with Bathsheba and tried to cover his sin with her husband’s blood. He stood before God guilty of adultery and murder and had no defense. He had watched and played his harp for King Saul after Saul had disobeyed God and God had withdrawn his spirit from Saul and now he felt the weight of his sin. Not only his sin but the loss of God’s presences. He throws himself at God’s feet and cries out for forgiveness. He is truly sorry for his sin and asks God to cleanse him with hyssop. Hyssop was the branch of a tree that the priests used to sprinkle the blood of the sacrifices on the people to cleanse them of their sin. He knew that only blood would take away his guilt. God forgives, takes away his sin, forgets it, and reinstates His Spirit and position. Only the blood of Jesus can do that. He then uses David to help others even to this day find their way back to God. It reminds me of Jesus telling Peter after he fell to feed His sheep. Peter had not asked for forgiveness, I think he did not think he could because he could not forgive himself, yet Jesus came to him. Both men could not believe they had failed God the way they did, and yet God forgave them. We must remember God may use us to defeat giants, but we still need Him to defeat sin in our lives also. This is one giant that only Jesus has conquered, so give your sin to Him and forgive yourself. You are not God and can’t do it without Him.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Pastor Jeff Lane