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Monday, March 28, 2016

PSALM 51

"Ezra and Addie were playing quietly outside for a long time,
so I should've known that they were digging a life-sized hole in the back yard.
I panicked and screamed when I went to check on them and only saw Ezra's head
poking out of the ground.  I thought it was an optical illusion.  Nope.  My son's whole body was underground, and he and Addie were still digging deeper.  Who does this stuff?
Lord, help me."

This is the perfect illustration of David's Psalm. 
The human condition is that we have all dug our holes.
The good Father has sought us and cries out over us with mercy and compassion.
Lord, help us!



 
WHAT DO WE DO WHEN WE'VE DUG
OURSELVES A HOLE WE CAN'T GET OUT OF?
 
Psalm 51 is one of the most favorite Psalms, no better one to declare for a blessed Easter,
"most expressive of the cares and desires of a repenting sinner,"
the whole reason we need a Saviour.

 
"Be gracious to me, O God,
according to Thy lovingkindness.
According to the greatness of Thy compassion
blot out my transgressions."
(NASV)


"Have mercy upon me,  God,
according to thy lovingkindness:
according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies
blot out my transgressions."
(KJV)
 
"All we like sheep have gone astray..."

 
"God be merciful to me a sinner!  "Have mercy for mercy's sake.  I have nothing to plead with thee but, 'the freeness of thy mercy.' 
Mercy, mercy, mercy,
blot, blot, blot.
 
 
Adam Clarke says that the mercy or pity denotes "that kind of affection which is expressed by moaning over an object we love and pity; that natural affection and tenderness which even the brute creation shew to their young by the several noises which they respectively make over them."
The second, rendered 'lovingkindness, denotes a strong proneness, a ready, large, and liberal disposition to a goodness and compassion, powerfully promoting to all instances of kindness and bounty; flowing as freely as waters from a perpetual fountain...The third, rendered 'tender mercies,' denotes...that tender pity which we signify by the moving of the heart...which argues the highest degree of compassion of which nature is susceptible." 


 
This Psalm is David's contrition after the prophet Nathan has confronted him for his gross sin of not only adultery with Bathsheba, but "the crime against the whole order of civil society;--against the life of the noble and valiant captain whose wife Bathsheba was and against every thing sacred in friendship and hospitality."  The only thing Calvary cannot touch with forgiveness, is the unrepentant heart.  It sometimes takes a brave confronter to bring it about, like Nathan did with his little story of a sheep.  He appealed to David's tender mercies about a pet sheep greedily taken, which made David cry out, in order to show God's churning compassion not only against those who have been sinned against, but for those in need of repentance and forgiveness.


 
"But the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb
which he bought and nourished;
And it grew up together with him and his children.
It would eat of his bread and drink of his cup (communion)
and lie in his bosom, And was like a daughter to him."
(II Samuel 12:3)

 
With that little lamb story, I'll say,
Have a Happy Easter.,
brought to you by the Lamb of God
who taketh away the sin of the world.
 
Psalm 51, to be continued...
 
 


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