Summary: SIN IS TO BLAME
Psalm 51: 1-19 SIN IS TO BLAME
A little boy went to a grocery store to buy some detergent. (Strong) I don't think it was the soap that did it. Dog dead. I think it was the rinse cycle that got him."
Man says that sin is an accident. God says it's an abomination. Man says that sin is a blunder. God says its a blindness. Man says that sin is a chance. God says it's a choice. Man says that sin is a defect. God calls it a disease. Man says that sin is an error. God says it's an enmity. Man says its fascination. God says it's a fatality.
Man says that sin is just a luxury. God says that sin is leprosy. Man calls its a mistake. God calls it madness.
Man says it's a trifle. God calls it a tragedy. Man says that is a weakness. God declares that sin is wickedness.
David knew this by personal experience. For here in ( Ps 51 ) David faces up to his personal sin. Instead of fighting on the battlefield, David was walking on the rooftop. He saw his neighbours wife. He coveted her. He took her. He committed adultery with her. Later, she sent word to him saying, " I am with child." He called her husband, Uriah the Hittite from the battlefield but Uriah would not go home. David's plan didn't work. So David made Uriah drunk. So David arranged to have Uriah murdered. Shortly after that, David married Bathsheba, a baby was born and then the baby died. And now 12 months later David is facing up to his own personal sin !
(1) THE DEFINITION OF SIN
What is sin ? the catechism, " Sin is any want of conformity unto or transgression of the law of God." David's Confession:
(a) SIN IS AN ACTUAL MATTER: Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
Its real. Indeed did you notice the three words he uses to define sin ? Transgression: Iniquity: Sin ! The word transgression means " rebellion," for in defying the law of God which he knew David was a rebel. ( 1 Jn 3:4) Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. The law of God said, " Thou shalt not covet thy neighbours wife," ( Exod 20:17) but he coveted. The law of God said, " Thou shalt not commit adultery," ( Exod 20:14) but he did God's law also said, " Thou shalt not kill," ( Exod 20:13) but he murdered ! He was a rebel against the God of Heaven. The command of God is to repent, have you repented ? ( Acts 17:30) God's call to you is to seek the Lord ? Have you sought Him (Is 55:6) Gods Word to you is " be ye reconciled to God."( 2 Cor 5:20 Are you reconciled ?
David also uses the word " iniquity," The Crookedness of sin ! David committed adultery and then he became crooked and tried to hide his sin. "He that covereth his sin shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy."(Prov 28:13) The third word David used to describe his actions was " sin." It means " to miss the mark." "I'm not as bad as this fellow,"
God's standard of comparison is Jesus Christ ! Rom 3 v 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
(b) SIN IS A PERSONAL MATTER: Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
He's taking responsibility for his own sin. Adam blamed Eve for his sin. Eve blamed the serpent and the serpent did not have a leg to stand on !
Reality of His Sin. (3) For I acknowledge my transgressions Responsibility of His Sin (3) and my sin is ever before me.
Rebellion of His Sin 4 Against 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.
Root of His Sin 5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
(c) SIN IS AN INTERNAL MATTER: 6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.