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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  1. Margaret said,

    April 9, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Thank you, Theresa,

    It’s the same with us as it was with David…. We cannot hide anything from God…. In trying to do so, we only bring more trouble upon ourselves…. God’s awareness of our every thought and intention is such a good thing for us, because He is able to bring our sins to our attention and teach us to confess and repent of them…. What a glorious God we have!


    • April 9, 2011 at 3:35 pm


      You are right in all that you said. Even in bringing our sins to our attention and in administering chastisement…the Lords tender mercies are over all of His works even those.

      “8The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. 9The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.” Psalm 145:8-9

      Thank you for your comment. 🙂


  2. Debbie said,

    April 9, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    This really blessed me, Theresa. To pray and confess, knowing He hears and answers is such a precious gift. May I not neglect it, nor the bounty of His mercy that waits for me each time I come to Him. 🙂
    You’ve brought me confidence and comfort once again. Thank you and God bless you!
    love, deb

  3. Ann said,

    April 10, 2011 at 1:36 am

    Thank you, Theresa

    Knowing the way He lovingly forgives, what right have we to continue living in sin…?

    Thanks for the reminders, sister.


    • April 10, 2011 at 1:54 am

      We will sin, because of our dual nature, but if it is our ambition or endeavor to sin…something is wrong. A blood bought born again child has a changed heart…and that heart will always love the Lord and hate to sin. 🙂

      I just need to remember to trust. When I am not trusting I am sinning.

      Blessings to you, my sister in the Lord.


  4. bendedspoon said,

    April 11, 2011 at 6:19 am

    I am glad that I cannot hide from God — what will happen to me if He couldn’t find me? How would I know that I am loved so much? How could I ask for forgiveness from the compassionate God? How could I have the confidence to ask Him for any thing? How could I have trusted that whatever His answer is, it is for my own good?

    Thank you so much Theresa for posting this. I am blessed so much 🙂

    • April 11, 2011 at 7:09 am

      Rea, I am so glad it blessed you. The Lord knows all about our weaknesses, and He Loves us. That makes me so glad.


  5. Linda said,

    April 12, 2011 at 3:11 am

    I am so glad you wrote about this. I’m in a difficult position with someone, and I was just praying about it, and I think the answer is right here.

    “Then will I teach transgressors thy ways, and sinners shall be converted unto thee.” Psalm 51:13

    I have a girlfriend who I think might be having an affair. I really don’t like getting too involved with other people’s business, but she is a believer and I can just see her being drawn into temptation, pushing aside God’s truth, and chasing after a married man.

    I am so convicted that I have to address this with her, and verse 13 says it’s my place to do so. Am I reading that right? Isn’t this what David is telling the Lord he will do? I’m terrible with these things. What do you think? (Thanks for a wise and timely post…)

    Hugs… : )

  6. April 12, 2011 at 4:33 am

    I am not an expert on verse 13 of Psalm 51, But I am getting that he was so full of regret that He is confessing his sin and asking forgiveness and he also is so full of sorrow and regret that he wants to teach others about how wrong it is and that they need to repent and follow the Lord.

    It does sound like you should let her know that it is wrong…especially if she is a Christian. You should pray first and then be gentle. I am not an expert on the proper steps involved. The 6th chapter of Galatians, and 1 Corinthians 5 speak some on this issue. I am thinking that there might be some good Christian articles that you might read.

    I will pray for you and for her.

    Hugs 🙂


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