“A Desperate Cry for Mercy and Forgiveness”

February 22, 2015

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Summary

David was the boy-champion who slew Goliath and became Israel’s greatest king. He was the author of 70-some Psalms and was skilled on the harp. And best of all he was known as a man after God’s own heart. But David sinned greatly against God and Psalm 51 is his cry for mercy and forgiveness, a broken man with a genuinely repentant heart. Psalm 51 should be bookmarked by all Christians as we all need to own it. Verses 16 & 17 get to the heart of David prayer: “For You will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; You will not be pleased with a burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.” (ESV) Animal sacrifices would only cover David’s sin symbolically. While they pointed forward 1,000 years to a better sacrifice, they would not satisfy our holy and just God. It would take one of David’s direct descendants to pay the price, to shed blood that was precious enough to atone. His name is Jesus Christ our Lord. God patiently stayed the execution of penalty on David’s sin (as well as the sins of countless others) until it could be borne by God Himself in Christ. Justice is served by the One who likewise declares us justified. That is how our holy God demonstrates His love! All glory to His name!

Bible References

  • Psalm 51:1 - 19
  • Matthew 1:6 - 16
  • Romans 3:21 - 26
  • 1 John 1:8 - 9
  • Ephesians 1:3 - 10

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