Psalm 51…(Part 3: Something I Read)

Scripture references;

Psalm 51 (King James Version)

1Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

2Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

3For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

4Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.

5Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

6Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

7Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

8Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.

9Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.

10Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

11Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

12Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

13Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

14Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.

15O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

16For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.

17The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

18Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.

19Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.


13Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

14But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

15Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

16Do not err, my beloved brethren. James 1:13-16 KJV

I  just read someone else’s blog post about besetting sins (habitual sins). She really explained it well.  I felt like it spoke on something that I had in mind when I decided to look at Psalm 51. I hope you will read her post. Here is the link:


The best thing for us to do is to be honest with both the Lord and ourselves. We sin because our flesh is sinful. We need to confess that when we pray, and we need to pray for strength, pray that the Lord will help us to use the armor he has provided and then put the armor on knowing that the Lord promised to grant our requests when we pray according to His will…and of course, the prayer I just described “IS” a prayer according to His will, because we are instructed in the Bible to do that:

“10 Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength. (N) 11 Put on (O) the full armor (P) of God so that you can stand against the tactics [e] of the Devil. 12 For our battle is not against flesh (Q) and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, (R) against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil (S) in the heavens. (T) 13 This is why you must take up the full armor (U) of God, so that you may be able to resist (V) in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand. 14 Stand, (W) therefore,

with truth (X) like a belt around your waist,

righteousness (Y) like armor on your chest, (Z)

15 and your feet sandaled with readiness for the gospel of peace. [f]

16 In every situation take the shield (AA) of faith, (AB)

and with it you will be able to extinguish

the flaming arrows of the evil one. (AC)

17 Take the helmet (AD) of salvation,

and the sword (AE) of the Spirit, (AF) which is God’s word.

18 With every prayer and request, pray (AG) at all times in the Spirit, (AH) and stay alert (AI) in this, with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints. 19 Pray also for me, that the message may be given to me when I open my mouth to make known with boldness (AJ) the mystery of the gospel. 20 For this I am an ambassador (AK) in chains. Pray that I might be bold enough in Him to speak as I should.’ Ephesians 6:10-18 HCSB

We are promised in the scripture passage below that the petitions we make when we pray according to the Lord’s will shall be granted. We need to stand on that promise and rest in that knowledge.  🙂

“14And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:15And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” 1John 5:14-15 KJV

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