I. The Opening Cry for Cleansing
Be gracious unto me, O God, according to Thy loving-kindness, According to the multitude of Thy tender mercies, blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity,
And cleanse me from my sin,
For I acknowledge my transgressions;
And my sin is constantly before me.
Against Thee, against Thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Thy sight,
That Thou mayest be justified when Thou speakest,
And be clear when Thou judgest.
The opening words must have been music to God's ears. Here is a man, a creature of the dust, who had been plunged into horrible sins. He had outraged the holy and righteous character of God. God's righteousness demands that he be righteously dealt with. But out of the depths of sin and moral degradation there rises the cry "Be gracious!" Here is faith and trust in God's loving-kindness and in His tender mercies. He trusts in Him who in His character is not only Light, but Love as well. If David had shied away from God, hidden away, stayed away in fear and trembling, he would have added an additional sin. But he comes, he wants to make a clean breast of it. He knows forgiveness is with Him, that He is merciful. He asks more than to have the transgression blotted out; he wants to be washed and cleansed from sin itself, that evil within.
He realizes that his sin has been against Him, and against Him only. But was it not a sin against Bathsheba, against her husband, a sin against all Israel? It still bears its dreadful fruit for the enemies of the Bible; the infidels who try to brand the Word of God as an immoral book, always single out David's sin committed three thousand years ago. While this is very true, yet it is equally true every sin committed is a sin against God and against His character. Sin, no matter what it is, is lawlessness, a revolt against God.
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5 Behold I was shapen in iniquity,
And in sin did my mother conceive me.
6 Behold Thou desirest truth in the inward parts; And in the hidden parts Thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Make me to hear joy and gladness;
That the bones which Thou hast broken may rejoice.
Here then is first of all an acknowledgment of the great inward corruption, the leprosy of the soul, sin. Shapen in iniquity and conceived in sin. Every true child of God who believes the Word endorses this great statement. "In my flesh there dwelleth no good thing" is the confession of every true Saint of God. Today it is denied almost everywhere in modernistic Christendom. Original sin is branded as an obnoxious dogma, but the awakened soul knows better. Let man come to the light in receiving a spiritual nature and the fact of the corrupt, fallen nature comes experimentally to the front.
And so he cries for salvation. "Purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean; wash me and I shall be whiter than snow." Hyssop is a small, insignificant plant. It was used in the ceremonial as a means by which the cleansing was effected. We find it first mentioned in connection with the sprinkling of the blood of the Passover Lamb. "And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two side post with the blood that is in the basin: (Ex. 12:22). It was also used when the leper was cleansed. Two birds were used. The one bird was killed in an earthen vessel over running water. "As for the living bird, he shall take it and the cedar wood, and the scarlet and the hyssop, and shall dip them and the living bird in the blood of the bird that was killed over the running water: (Lev. 14:6). Once more it was used if one had become defiled with the dead; then the water of purification was sprinkled upon him with hyssop (Num. 19:18). Some take hyssop to mean Christ Himself; but it rather points to the application of the atoning work of our Lord, the shed blood, which is the prominent feature in the Passover, and cleansing of the leper and the red heifer.
And the confidence expressed in this cry, "Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow!" And where such confidence and assurances is there must also be joy and gladness, and gracious healing for that which was broken.
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III The Deeper Prayer. (Verses 9-13)
Hide Thy face from my sins, And blot out all mine iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God; And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Cast me not away from Thy presence, And take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of Thy Salvation; And uphold me by a willing spirit.
I will teach the rebellious Thy ways, And sinners shall turn to Thee.
In this deeper prayer he longs for a restored nearness to God. His face was hidden because of sin. He wants to have the intimate relationship restored which had been severed. This prayer reminds us of similar prayers in the Psalms which will be prayed at the close of this age when the remnant of Israel turns to the Lord (Psa. 80:3, 7, 19). Then all their iniquities will be blotted out. While David's prayer was answered individually and all sinners turning to the Lord have their sins blotted out, it refers likewise to that coming miracle of the grace of God, when Israel's sins and iniquities will be blotted out and remembered no more. So many Christians claim Isaiah 43:25 without considering that it really is a promise and assurance to the literal Israel: "I, even I, am He that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins." It is Israel's hope which is recorded in the closing verses of Micah's prophecy.
Then the prayer for a clean heart. "Create in me a clean heart, O God." The word used for create (Bara) is the same which is used in the first verse of the Bible. There was then no material, no matter, out of which God could fashion the universe. It was a creation out of nothing. And there is nothing in the sinner's fallen nature which God can use; it is not a reformation, or reconstruction, but a new creation...as we read in the New Testament, "Created in Christ Jesus." And so Israel will receive the heart of flesh, when the heart of stone is taken away (Ezek.36:25-28). They will also receive a steadfast spirit, and their backsliddings will be forever healed.
The prayer of the eleventh verse needs not to be prayed by the Saints in the New Testament, for he is accepted in the Beloved One, He is saved and safe in Him; he may grieve the Holy Spirit, but He is the abiding Spirit, by whom we are sealed unto the day of redemption. And the result of this prayer answer is a restoration of the joy of His salvation and practical service for the rebellious, so that sinners are turned to the Lord. In a large sense this will be Israel's future service among the nations.
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IV. Israel's Prayer in the future. (Verses 14-19)
Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation; And my tongue shall sing of Thy righteousness.
Lord open Thou my lips, And my mouth shall make known Thy praises.
For Thou desirest not sacrifice, else would I give it; Thou delightest not in burn-offering.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit. A broken and contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise.
Do good in Thy good pleasure unto Zion; Thou shalt build the walls of Jerusalem.
Then shalt Thou be pleased with sacrifices of righteousness, Burnt offering and whole burnt offerings; Then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.
This final section can only be understood in giving it a prophetic-future application. The blood guiltiness which is upon the nation is the blood of Christ which was shed and on account of which their fathers cried, "His blood be upon us and upon our children." When that blood guiltiness is removed and they are forgiven they will become a nation which praises the Lord. While an ungodly part of the nation resumes the temple worship and brings sacrifices once more, the Lord does not desire them, but looks for the broken spirit and heart. Compare this with Isaiah 66:1-4.
Then the Lord will do good in His good pleasure to Zion, the walls of Jerusalem will be built and the Temple Worship resumed as predicted in Ezekiel's great vision (Ezek. 40-44).
Amen good message Jeanette. David was a man after Gods own heart. David seen him self as low as a worm. Thats what it took for him to come back to God we have to get down low and out. Thank God for his patients with all of us. He will leave the 99 and nine and go after the one who has went astray. Praise God for saving my unworthy soul. Amen