by John Barnett

David: Cleanse Me
John Barnett
Psalm 51:1-7

Have you ever felt so dirty that you just can't stand it any longer?

There is nothing like a good hot bath after camping for a few days, or working in the attic or barn-when you feel dirty, completely grimy, sweaty and stinky.

That was how David felt. It is Psalm 51 time in his life. Months of sweating out in the wilderness of sin, trudging through the filthy wasteland of guilt had brought David to a sad and bitter end of himself.

He was dirty and he knew it. One remedy was all he wanted. Scrub, cleanse, and purge me so I will be clean; wash me and I shall be white!

David cries out to God from a heart that longed to know again the sweet fellowship of his early years, the deep spiritual intimacy of his mature years and an assurance of security for his final years.

When David cries to God in the first seven verses of Psalm 51-wash and purge me, the context of that cry is deeply rooted in the promise of sacrifice and atonement. God designed a way that sinners could know God and receive His wonderful salvation. Today as we look back at that sacrificial system, we see the most comprehensive explanation by God of just what Christ accomplished once and for all on the Cross.

Join me in the 51st Psalm as we listen to David.

Sometimes those words are so familiar that we need to hear them to a different tune. The following is a modern paraphrase of the 3,000 year old words of David's prayer to God.

Please stand with me, open to Psalm 51 and follow along in your Bible as I read this paraphrase. Though the language may shock you, hold on to the concepts that this Psalm gives us about the deadly work of sin and God's offer to purge us from its curse.

Psalm 51:1-19

1. Generous in love-God, give grace!
Huge in mercy-wipe out my bad record.
2. Scrub away my guilt,
soak out my sins in your laundry.

3. I know how bad I've been;
my sins are staring me down.
4. You're the One I've violated, and ...

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