Psalms 51 – David–Adulterer and Murderer–Restored

Could it be that the once mighty youth after God’s own heart who slayed the giant in the name of the Lord, who saw so many mighty miracles of God’s providence and protection in the wilderness journeyings, who prophesied and cast out demons by his harp, and written many psalms that have endured for thousands of years, could stoop to such depths as not only commit adultery with a married woman but murder her husband–one of David’s most faithful soldiers?  This psalm was written right after Nathan the prophet wisely delineated David’s sin before his eyes.

“Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight…”

While many would judge David in the scales as a man that should be barred from the heavenly courts, or at least dismissed from his position upon the throne, while such person’s sins may not be as marked as David’s was, their hearts remain unclean with “little” sins in self-sufficiency, and lack of sincerity.  What separates the character of David from Saul and many others who point to his sins as a pretense, is his readiness to acknowledge the enormity of his guilt and turn from that which the Lord is displeased with and make things right between him and the Lord.

“Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee…”

Many are trying to do the work of the Lord with impure hearts and a record of known sins still retained upon the books, but this is as trying to chop down a tree with only the handle to the axe with the axe head missing.  While marked consequences did attend David’s actions, that sacred joy of salvation was restored; and Jesus, God in the flesh, still honored David as being known as the son of David and establishing his throne forever and ever.

“Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.”

But God did bring great and mighty things through his downfall, and bring the best out of the worst.  Though as illegitimate as David’s relationship with Bathsheba began, through it was born the wisest of men, Solomon, under whom the nation of Israel witnessed the greatest prosperity it had ever, offering up the greatest of sacrifices, and who became a type of Christ.  This proves that even through the worst of falls, God can not only restore but turn for His greatest glory for the sincere and contrite children of faith.

May the Lord make you to know His name,

Jeffrey Maxwell


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