To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.
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. 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. 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.
What a blessing to be in this Psalm this morning! As I was studying what would be well pleasing to God, Psalm 51 just opened up with exactly that! I so want the Lord to be pleased with what I have done for Him! Just what does please Him?
~Isaiah 42:21 The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness’ sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable.
God is well pleased with righteousness!! His Word is righteous – His name is righteous – all that He has said and done is righteous!
~Matthew 3:17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
God is well pleased with His Son. Christ’s sacrifice for us was a selfless act of love, mercy and grace.
~Matthew 12:18 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.
Again, God is well pleased with Christ. Not only does God love Israel but He loves the Gentile as well!
~Matthew 17:5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
Once more, God demonstrates how pleased He is in His Son. He ends His statement with, “hear ye him.”
~2 Peter 1:17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
The Father honoured and glorified Christ because He was pleased with Him. Christ gave up everything to come to earth with nothing so that we could have salvation!
The first five refer to the Lord, Jesus Christ. Only God’s grace can provide a perfect salvation through His Son that is pleasing.
This sixth verse does not deal with Christ but with what man can do to be pleasing to God.
~Hebrews 13:16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
The number six is man’s number in Bible numbers. How appropriate 🙂 The only thing after receiving God’s grace that man can do to be pleasing to God is to do good and to communicate to others what God has done in the first five of our verses!