Psalm 51 – Not for younger audiences

Psalm 51

1-3Generous in love—God, give grace! Huge in mercy—wipe out my bad record.
Scrub away my guilt,
soak out my sins in your laundry.
I know how bad I’ve been;
my sins are staring me down.

4-6 You’re the One I’ve violated, and you’ve seen
it all, seen the full extent of my evil.
You have all the facts before you;
whatever you decide about me is fair.
I’ve been out of step with you for a long time,
in the wrong since before I was born.
What you’re after is truth from the inside out.
Enter me, then; conceive a new, true life.

7-15 Soak me in your laundry and I’ll come out clean,
scrub me and I’ll have a snow-white life.
Tune me in to foot-tapping songs,
set these once-broken bones to dancing.
Don’t look too close for blemishes,
give me a clean bill of health.
God, make a fresh start in me,
shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life.
Don’t throw me out with the trash,
or fail to breathe holiness in me.
Bring me back from gray exile,
put a fresh wind in my sails!
Give me a job teaching rebels your ways
so the lost can find their way home.
Commute my death sentence, God, my salvation God,
and I’ll sing anthems to your life-giving ways.
Unbutton my lips, dear God;
I’ll let loose with your praise.

16-17 Going through the motions doesn’t please you,
a flawless performance is nothing to you.
I learned God-worship
when my pride was shattered.
Heart-shattered lives ready for love
don’t for a moment escape God’s notice.

18-19 Make Zion the place you delight in,
repair Jerusalem’s broken-down walls.
Then you’ll get real worship from us,
acts of worship small and large,
Including all the bulls
they can heave onto your altar!

Wow! This is the Psalm that David wrote after Nathan confronted him about the Bathsheba incident (sounds like a corny Star Trek episode Title). Anyway, look at the way he begs for cleanliness, the way that he admits openly his sins. That is all I have to say. Stop and think about it. Are you that open with God? Are you that open with yourself? We need to be like this. I remember when I was younger and addicted to porn that I would pray like this “God . . . you know what I’ve done, I need you to forgive me, amen” yea He does know that I was a porn addict but this is what I should have said “My God, I have sinned, again, I am still addicted to porn, and well that was the 5th time I looked at porn and masturbated today, forgive me, and clense me.” I think my prayers would have been more effective that way. So here is my challenge: pray boldly and honestly to God, sure he knows it’s God, but the more honest we are in our need for help from him, the more willing he is to give it.
Just chew on that, it’s a freebie, I did two this week don’t normally do that, this one was just so powerful to me, so different! So there you are. May God forgive you your sins.

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2 thoughts on “Psalm 51 – Not for younger audiences

  1. Ryan says:

    so are you doing a kinda sorta Praise Habit type blog with this? either way i like it.

  2. Matt Anderson says:

    yea, I am picking the Psalms done in Praise Habit mostly but putting my own spin on them.

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