I am slowly but surely processing the behemoth that is the book of Psalms—with the intent to summarize it and gain wisdom from it.
It has been a challenge,
but such a powerful
blessing all the more.
Over many months, I have been contemplating the will of God with all of its immensity and complexity, and my conclusion has been that it is far too great (majestic, wonderful, and perfect) for me to even begin to understand. There is such peace in the truth that He is orchestrating things in a way that is beyond my imagination, and the only logical response to His glory is trust and obedience.
With that heart, I read Psalm 51 and experienced a new appreciation for King David’s thoughts after committing sin! Something that I can surely relate to.
It revealed His desire for my life!
As I think about the character and purpose of God, I realize that He is in the business of creation, of life. In the beginning, He breathed life into this world, and to this day, He is giving life anew. He has been the same yesterday, today, and forever! And what better way to realize the need for life than to be confronted with sin? How much clearer does the joy of life become when faced with death?
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!Psalm 51:1-2
In hindsight, Kind David recognized death and wanted nothing to do with it! I thought of the sin in my own life and how I measure it. Often, I measure it by the damage it does, and it’s far easier to recognize the damage it does to others—especially those close to me—than to recognize the damage it does to myself. So I tend to prioritize addressing sin based on who it actively hurts, but as I continued to read, I recognized delusion.
For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgement.Psalm 51:3-4
My sin is against One,
and it grieves Him to the
core because He desires
the opposite for my life.
It is against no other, and the price of sin against anyone but him is nothing. So the judgement is true:
None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God.Romans 3:10-11
If you or I want lasting change, life, then we must realize that the measure of our sin is dictated solely by the damage it does to One, and One alone. And the motivation to live victoriously over it can only be sustained from that foundation. He is in the business of creation, not me!
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.Psalm 51:10
The Lord is fully capable of creating life anew in us. He has completely defeated death and its wretched sting, and we must not be deluded into measuring sin by the weight of its earthly effects when it has been eternally addressed. Measure sin by the weight of the price paid to save us. And then ask, is it worth it?
“Against you, you only, have I sinned!”
And you, you only, have saved me from it!
He does not desire for us to find solutions and fight a war that has already been won.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.Psalm 51:17
He desires a heart fully ready to depend on Him and nothing else. There is no other way to have life on this earth or in eternity.