The Fragrance of Repentance
Read Psalm 51
Before we jump into this Psalm, I think it is important to give a little background on how this Psalm came to be and what David, the author, was writing about. This is a Psalm written by a broken, guilt ridden and repentant man. His transgressions were great and he tried with all his might to cover up his sin, but he was eventually found out and called to the carpet for his wickedness.
King David was hanging out on the rooftop relaxing while all the other men of Israel were out fighting the war. As he was chilling on the rooftop he caught a glimpse of a beautiful woman bathing, her name was Bathsheba. His gazing became lust and it overtook him. The end result was an adulterous affair with Bathsheba.
After his romp in the hay, so to speak, he finds that she has become pregnant with David’s child. This was a problem because she was a married woman. David tries to cover his sin by coming up with a scheme…
Four Pleas of a Broken and Guilty Man
Pleasing Sacrifices to God
In verse 17 David comes to the realization that his cleansing and new life does not come through ritualistic means. Most people in his time knew that if they sinned they would just have to go through the rituals of cleansing and then they would feel alright with God. This is the ritual of religion… trying to do something for God (following the rule book) and yet not really doing anything to change or guard themselves from happening again. David acknowledges what God truly desires of him.
Jesus, Repentance & Forgiveness
Because of Jesus we are…
In Jesus Christ it is no longer necessary to offer the blood sacrifices of animals for our sins, because the ultimate sacrifice has been made through him. So let us rejoice in the new life… May we know full well that those who are in Christ have received mercy, forgiveness, cleansing and a new life here on this earth and a new life for all eternity in the presence of our Almighty and loving God.
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Jeff has been in ministry for well over two decades. He currently serves as Campus Pastor at West Bradenton Baptist Southside Campus in Bradenton, Florida.
Jeff Has authored an Advent Devotional (The Advent of Jesus) and a devotional on the book of James (James: Where Faith and Life Meet). Both are available on Amazon.
He is married to Carrie and they have four children, Micaiah, Gabe, Simon, and Berea.
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