Summary: Psalm 51 leads us through the fall and restoration of one of God's choice servants
Psalm 51:1-12 - “When the Preacher stabbed the King”
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
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.
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.
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.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.
“When the Preacher stabbed the King” – Let’s pray…
How many of you remember the game show, “Let’s Make A Deal!” I loved that show when I was a kid… and often thought how funny it was to watch grown people trade a sure thing (like cash) for something that may or may not be MORE valuable hidden behind a curtain.
The host, Monty Hall, would offer a contestant a couple hundred bucks they could trade that money for a mysterious unseen prize.
It MIGHT be a SPORTS CAR!
OR it might be a ZONK car!!!
It’s human nature, I suppose, to take certain risks - trading a sure thing for what MIGHT be.
As funny as it might be to watch people make fools of themselves on a gameshow…
• caught up in the excitement of the moment…
• under the pressure of the lights, cameras, and screaming audience, when can understand their stupid decisions
But it isn’t so funny when it comes to real life.
It isn’t funny to watch people throw everything of importance away in pursuit of some mysterious “prize” behind a curtain... which winds up not being a prize at all.
As the Father of Lies, Satan is called “the Deceiver” for good reason. He will entice you to trade everything of value - for something worthless.
As a child of God who knows what it is to struggle with sin, I am of all men most thankful for the sacrifice of Christ… thankful that God forgives and restores… that my failures don’t have to define me. But friend, don’t believe for one minute that there won’t be consequences for your choices.
The devil convinces us that we can keep it hidden… that our situation is different. When nothing bad happens right away, we interpret God’s patience as tolerance, and we hold onto things that are offensive to God.
Solomon said as much in Ecclesiastes 8:11, “because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.” In other words - when we don’t suffer the consequences for our sins right away, we think we have gotten away with it. But don’t be fooled. SIN always has a price! Always.
It had been nearly a year since David had committed the sins of adultery and murder. For that year I am sure he thought he had kept things hidden pretty well – that somehow God had let THIS ONE slide. But in WALKS the preacher - his trusted friend and advisor – Nathan. The preacher had not come for fellowship this time – but for confrontation – he had come to expose what David thought was hidden. He had come to show David that not even a king can get away with sin.
Aren't you glad there are people in your life who care enough to speak TRUTH to you? Nathan was that man for David.
With his sin exposed and the conviction of God breaking his sin-calloused heart, David came clean with God. Psalm 51 IS the record of that event.
There are several great lessons in this psalm. How none of us are above sin… all of us can, in a moment of weakness, invite havoc and destruction upon those we love… and though God is a gracious God, He will not change the rules for us.
This psalm is a warning: Sin always has its cost. David learned that The temporal satisfaction you experience in sin will NOT offset the High Cost of rebelling against God.