Psalms 32, 51, 86, 122
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As you read these Psalms, remember each of these were written by David after his affair with Bathsheba, his murder of Uriah, his encounter with Nathan, and his confession before The Lord. David pours himself out before The Lord, recognizing himself as a sinner, asking for God’s forgiveness, and eternal love. These Psalms serve to remind us that no matter what we have done God WANTS to forgive us for any and all of our sins. David did not have Jesus Christ, but today we do. WE have the honor of knowing Jesus personally and not having to have a priest stand in the gap on our behalf. Once we know Jesus…we can speak to Him and pray to HIM any time we would like….anytime.
Psalm 32 and 51 were written together. These are Penitential Psalms just as Psalm 6 was. A Penitential Psalm is to be said to confess and repent from the sins in our life. Psalm 32 was clearly written as a prayer when David was confessing his sins regarding Bathsheba and Uriah. The word “Selah,” although a musical term has a similar meaning to Amen, and means to pause, reflect, think about it.
There are many verses in Psalm 32 that blessed me. However when I read verse 10: “Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts HIM.” This reminds me that our “Abba Father” is surrounding us with his arms of unfailing love!!
In Psalm 51 I LOVE the reminder of verse 6: “YET YOU desired faithfulness even in the WOMB; YOU taught me wisdom in that secret place.” EVEN though God knew we would be sinners from the beginning… HE TAUGHT US WISDOM in THAT SECRET PLACE!!!
And then in verse 10, David asks God: “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
Psalm 86— David is in the deepest sorrow of his life, everything around him feels heavy. Think of your worst possible situation. David knows he has sinned greatly against God and he also knows the consequences will be severe and in the midst of this he says:
But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God,
slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
God could do anything He wants. He could have struck him down on the spot, and he didn’t. He FORGAVE him immediately upon his confession. Not with a condition or contingency, he just Forgives.
Psalm 122 — This is a Psalm of ascent (to be said as they ascended the steps to the Temple, a glorious time of rejoicing for them.) What Jerusalem and the Temple was to the Jews; the Church is to the Christian. Look how many times this Psalm encourages us to PRAY and what it encourages us to pray about….
May there be peace within your walls
and security within your citadels.”
Sharing HIS deep abiding love