Below is a three section review of Palsms 51. I hope you enjoy it and encourage you to do similar in your studies to increase your understanding of God's Word.
|Palsms 51 (KJV)||Palms 51 Expanded|
|1 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. 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. 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 part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.||1 Have kindness to me, an inferior, move in my favor due to my request O God, Great Judge, Mighty One, according to your kindness, mercy and goodness: abundant compassion and tender love striking out and rubbing away as an eraser my revolt, rebellion, sin, transgression and trespass. 2 Wash, that is trample and stamp out my increasingly perverse, moral evil, iniquity, mischief, punishment, and sin, brighten me, make me pure, sound, morally innocent and holy, pronounce me clean, purge and purify me from my offense and its penalty. 3 I know, I have ascertained by seeing, observation and recognition; I declare, discern, learned and perceived, my revolt, rebellion, sin, transgression and trespass: and my offense and its penalty is stretched continuously before me. 4 Against You, and You only have I to bare the blame for my sin and done, preformed and practiced evil, grievous, hurtful mischief, troublesome wickedness and wrong before your displeased eyes, in front of Your face and in Your presence: that you are right when You arrange Your words to speak, declaring with pure translucent judgement. 5 Behold, I was twisted, whirled in a circular spiral manner in perversity, moral evil, iniquity, mischief and sin and the penalty of my crime and my offense, in this manner did my mother conceived me. 6 - Behold You incline to bend me to be pleased with and to take delight in, to desire, favor and have pleasure with stability, in truth, trustworthiness and faithfulness, in my inmost thoughts and to repair me causing me to know, to ascertain by seeing, observation and recognition; I declare, discern, learned and perceive 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. 9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. 12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. 13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.||7 Purge, purify and reconcile me with hyssop, and I shall be bright, pure, sound, morally innocent and holy: wash, that is stamp and trample me, to become white, whiter than snow. 8 Make me hear intelligently, attentively, obediently, carefully, discerningly, considering what I hear, perceiving, listening, understanding cheerfulness, joy, gladness, amusement and laughter, rejoicing and also gleefulness exceedingly glad, joyful, pleasure with rejoicing; that the bones, the substance of my body, my life essence which You collapsed and broke physically and mentally bringing a crouched contriteness may cause me to spin around vigorously rejoicing with fear, gladness and joy. 9 Hide by covering, keeping closed, concealing Your face from my crime or it's penalty, my offense, my sin, erase, strike out, rub away blot out destroy all my perversity, moral evil, mischief and the punishment of my sin. 10 Create in me a pure clean heart, that is my mind, my will and my emotions, O supreme God, Great Judge, Mighty One; make a new, rebuild, renew, repair to be erected, established and prepare Your breath, Your spirit within my deepest depth at the centre of my very being. 11 Don't throw or hurl, me away or pluck me from Your presence, Your very face; and take not Your Holy, Sacred, Spirit, Your very breath, Your life essence from me. 12 Return me back to my cheerful joyful gladness of my liberal deliverance my salvation; and take hold of, sustain, prop, and cause me to lead on Your volunteer, willing, generous and forgiving Spirit, Your very breath, Your life essence. 13 Then I will diligently instruct with expert and skilled teaching those who have broken away in revolt against You, denying Your road, Your journey, Your ways and the one's accounted guilty as criminals through sin shall be returned back to You.|
|14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. 15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. 16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. 17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. 18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem. 19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.||W14 Deliver, snatch away, rescue me from bloodguilt O supreme God, Great Judge, Mighty One, O supreme God, Great Judge, Mighty One, of my deliverance, my rescuer, my salvation; my tongue shall shout, rejoice and sing with joyfulness of Your righteous justice and moral virtue. 15 O Lord, open wide and loosen my lips, my words, my speech; and my speech shall be up front, stand out, manifest, and announce for the propose of exposing, predicting, explaining and praising Your hymns, Your songs of praise. 16 You incline to bend me to be pleased with and to take delight, desire, favor and pleasure with stability, not in a proper animal sacrifice; or I would give it: You are pleased and satisfied with reconciliation not the ascension of smoke from a burnt offering. 17 The proper animal sacrifice O supreme God, Great Judge, Mighty One are broken, that is to burst in to pieces, my breath, my spirit, my very being: a broken, that is to burst in to pieces, collapsed, broken heart, that is my mind, my will and my emotions, O supreme God, Great Judge, Mighty One, this You will not despise. 18 Do good delight with pleasure unto Zion: build, make or repair, the walls Jerusalem. 19 Then You will incline to bend me to be pleased with and to take delight, desire, favor and pleasure with stability, with a proper animal sacrifice of rightness (moral, natural or legal), with the ascension of smoke from a burnt offering. And complete and entirely consumed: all of the ascension of smoke from a burnt offering: then shall they ascend, offer up bullocks, as with breaking forth wild strength, on Your altar.|
1 – Our sin is considered by God, our Judge, to be a revolt and rebellion.
2 – We are made clean, not by a shower or bath as we think of it today, rather by the washing of old: beating clothes clean using rocks to stamp out and trample the dirt to remove it. This painful process, if clothes had feelings, is what we experience as God washes us from our perversity, moral evil and mischief. All to brighten us so that we shine with the glory of Christ. Yet we miss the depth of how painful the process is because we merely throw our clothes in a machine, walk away, then move them to the dryer. Think of yourself washing clothes as they once were and still are in other parts of the world and how much more this verse would mean to us, wow! Of course, don't be discouraged! We can look to the outcome: bright, pure, morally innocent and holy, not just in heaven to come, but here and now! We are being cleaned for the glory of God!
3 – As we open our eyes to see ourselves as God sees us and open ourselves to the complaints of others, which reveal in us blind spots, things about us we don't see without others pointing them out, then we know our rebellion against God is ever in front of us and we see how truly horrible we really are. Then to take this insight and look inward and see our motives! Wow, even our good done with ill intention is foul before God.
4 – To see that ALL our sin is actually directly against God and that my treatment of others is actually against God through those I am in contact with. And that it is me that is accountable for my actions and I cannot blame anyone else regardless of how wrong they might be. I am still responsible to God to treatment them right. All the while, in all my actions and reactions, it is as if I'm standing in front of God and Him only. This God is right in His judgements against me.
5 – I noticed we are created in a twisted circular motion and I thought of a DNA strand and how is too is twisted in a circular motion, how amazing is that! God's Word is so detailed! I also noticed that we are created with a sinful nature, of course that's not much of an insight for anyone that looks at human behavior, but the awesome part is in the next verse:
6 - God wants to bend us so He can be pleased and delighted in us through truth and faithfulness in our deepest inner most being through our thoughts. He wants to repair us by causing us to know and discern and perceive wisdom! Wow again! This insight is not seen so easily in the verse. In fact, unless you look up the word “hidden” in a dictionary under its Hebrew number, 5640, you will not see it: satham, saw-tham'; is a primitive root; to stop up; by implication to repair; figuratively to keep secret, closed up or hidden. While is figuratively means hidden, it literarily means repair! God wants to repair our sinful condition and replace or re-build it with wisdom. This is reinforced later in the chapter also.
7 – God want to purify and reconcile us to Him making us bright morally innocent and holy through the trampling mentioned in verse 2 so we will be whiter than snow! God is perfect and pure and can't be near sin, however by cleaning us, He can be with us and we can be with Him!
8 – God wants us to hear His intelligently so we can understand and obey. He doesn't want us confused. Through the process of knowing God intimately we will be overjoyed even as we are crushed in the cleaning process as God restores us.
9 – We can appeal to God to hide His face from our sin, not in the since that we would live it up as we please, rather because we know our sinfulness displeases Him. I think back to when I was a child and I didn't want my parents to be displeased with my ill behavior, so I'd “hide” it, like that really works. Sure we can get away with somethings, by keeping our parents unaware, yet this passage reminds us that God is not fooled by our deceptive actions and we need to ask Him to wipe them clean, erase our sin for existence. Thankfully we know from other passages like 1 John 1:9 that God does!
10 – If we want a clean heart before God we must ask for such and with a sincere request God rebuilds, renews and repairs us from the deepest center of our soul. Note also our heart is referring to our mind, will and emotions. When we seek clean heart, we are seeking three things: 1) a clean mind, what we think on, the way we think, that is to renew our minds to think as God rather than how are our culture or any culture may think and our intentions, what we purpose to do in all aspects. 2) a clean will, our choices, including our choice regarding whether or not we will sin; yes, sin is a choice for a believer, God has given us the ability to overcome: 1 Cor 10:13 is one of many verse that support this. Yet until we acknowledge this, we will flounder like an alcoholic who refuses to admit his condition and therefore lacks the first and most important step to overcoming. 3) clean emotions: loving one's enemy, be protective of God as Christ did in the temple when he saw the religious facade and so much more. Our emotions are controllable or God would not ask us to control them!
11 – In the Old Testament the Spirit of God who come upon them for a time and would leave; we in the New Testament have the Spirit of God alive living within us, yet this verse still applies to us: 1 Thess. 5:19 “Quench not the Spirit.” This is the equivalent of God's Spirit leaving them in Old Testament times. Of course the Spirit does not leave, yet a silent Spirit within us is not useful to us since we rely on Him for guidance, power to live the Christian life and intimacy with God and more!
12 – When I see this verse I think of how we are taken back to the place of Adam. We can choose to obey God freely, rather then being a salve to sin: read Rom 6-8 from greater detail. Since we are returned to fellowship with God we have the joyfulness of this fellowship, the deliverance of God through His willing, volunteering, generous and forgiving life essence. No strings, just relationship with our very Creator!
13 – Once we are restored to this relationship and with God alive within us, we can then instruct and teach those that are still in rebellion against God to return back to Him. It is through our transformed lives that the untransformed see God is real! Therefore our teaching is more than mere words, it's actions as well. We all know that one's actions depict what they truly believe, not their words. If this is in doubt, you can look at a typical politician and know this truth! They sweet talk to win votes and then do what they wanted to do and just didn't talk you because they won't have won the vote if they had been honest about they plans upfront. Are we any different when we tell of Jesus and His redemptive power, yet still live in our sinfulness. I'm reminded of verse 12 and earlier as we are given the choice to overcome!
14 – This is an all out appeal to God to rescue me from my guilt, the sentence or punishment I rightly deserve and when He does it I'm free and full of joy and want to sing aloud to Him! This is so wonderful and I enjoy my songs with the Lord.
15 – In conjuction with verse 14, my mouth opens and my lips can't help but praise God. I will also defend Him against attack and proclaim His Word to Christians and non-Christians alike!
16 – God is not pleased with our outward actions, rather our inward motivation and reconciliation. God wants our hearts (our mind, will and emotions), not or flattery via religion motions or rituals.
17 – A true sacrifice is my realization that it's not my effort or my work, but God's work in and through me. My pure motives, God will not hate.
18 – We are to do good from a pure heart, upon Zion, that is from a spiritual point of realty and we are told to repair Jerusalem, that is our center of being, just as Jerusalem is the center of Israel and there Holy city, so is our life a Holy Temple onto the Lord.
19 – When we are restored to God and we do service to God in purity are sacrifices, that is our actions, are completely pleasing to God and they will have wild strength or power to break through Satan's defenses. A life whole surrendered to God, will yield amazing results!