Encountering God Bible Study Chapter 6
Hey Sparkles! Happy Wednesday! For today’s Wednesday Wisdom post, I am continuing in the Bible study book Encountering God: A Study in Psalms. Today will be chapter six of Encountering God.
Psalm 51 – Have Mercy on Me
The title of this psalm clarifies both its author and setting: ”To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David when Nathan the prophet came unto him after he had gone in to Bathsheba.” The setting is found in 2 Samuel 11-12 when David committed his infamous sin of adultery with Bathsheba, the wife of one of David’s mighty men, Uriah the Hittite. Nathan, God’s prophet, confronted David one year after the king had sinned. Psalm 51 is David’s humble confession to God concerning his immoral affair with Bathsheba, which led to his murder of Uriah.
”Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving kindness: according unto the multitude of your tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.”
From the depths of his heart, David cried to God for mercy. He pled with God to show him His undeserved grace.
David knew what he deserved for his heinous crime. But in spite of his personal failure, David still pursued God. Why? Because he intimately knew God. He had to be reconciled.
David Knew What God Was Like
Though David had sinned, he believed that God was committed to loving him. God’s loving kindness is a central quality of His nature.
David Knew What He Had Done
David uses three words to describe his sinful actions.
David Knew What God Could Do
David knew that God would deal with his sins justly.
- He could blot them out.
- He could wash them away.
- He could cleanse them.
He Confessed the Reality of His Sin Against God
“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 judgment.”
He Confessed the Root of His Sin
”Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.”
Psalms 51:5 ESV
A Removal of Sin
“Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”
Psalms 51:7 ESV
A Renewal of Spirit
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.”
Psalms 51:10-11 ESV
A Restoration of Salvation Joy
“Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.”
Psalms 51:12 ESV
He Would Teach Sinners the Way of Salvation
“Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you.”
Psalms 51:13 ESV
He Would Sing Praises to God
“Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.”
Psalms 51:14 ESV
He Would Offer Acceptable Sacrifices to God
“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.”
Psalms 51:16-17 ESV
”Do good to Zion in your good pleasure; build up the walls of Jerusalem; then will you delight in right sacrifices, in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings; then bulls will be offered on your altar.”
Psalms 51:18-19 ESV
Well, that’s all for today, Sparkles. What did you learn? I would love to hear it in the comments below. Be sure to go back and read chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Also, be sure to get your copy of Encountering God here. Thanks for reading, and Sparkles away!