December 27

Written by Bill Grandi on December 27th, 2023

I had totally planned as I sat down for my Encounter Time this morning to write about the aftermath of Christmas. What’s it like? Why do we feel let down? How can we overcome this “down” affect?

But then I read a psalm this morning. Psalm 51 to be exact. For those who don’t know, Psalm 51 was written by David after his adulterous affair with Bathsheba and his murder of Uriah, her husband (and his subsequent cover up). Having his sin exposed to him by Nathan, the prophet, David fell to his knees. Psalm 51 is the result of that guilt and repentance. You can read the whole sordid story of David and Bathsheba and the surrounding events in 2 Samuel 11-12.

I thought I would hit the highlights of Psalm 51. This is, by no means, exhaustive. Please just keep in mind that David was living in guilt and shame for his actions. His words speak to all of us:

“Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love.” David knew where and to Whom He needed to go. He relied on God’s unfailing love.

“Wash me clean from my guilt.” There it is! The albatross around his neck and heart.

“Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” Sin had left its crimson stain as an old hymn says. He needed the stain removed. He needed to be cleansed as white as newly fallen snow.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a right spirit in me.” A clean heart wasn’t enough. His whole “self” needed cleansed and redirected.

“Restore to me the joy of my salvation.” It is important to see that sin didn’t cause him to lose his salvation, but he did lose the JOY of it. One can’t enjoy something if guilt is hanging around.

“Forgive me for shedding blood.” David realized there was more than just adultery involved. Murder was too. He needed forgiven and cleansed for that.

He ends with a statement: “The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.”

The road to healing; the road to forgiveness; the road to a renewed and restored relationship with the Father begins with a repentant heart. I don’t know if you needed this today or not. If you don’t then please feel free to pass it along to someone who may. If you do, may you have the restored joy which comes from a renewed relationship with God. End the old year and start the new year with a clean slate. 

All Scripture is from the New Living Translation.


10 Comments so far ↓

  1. I love Psalm 51. It speaks what is in my heart. And shows me that even when the giants of faith failed, there was forgiveness and God still used them. Hope!

    • Bill Grandi says:

      That is a great way to look at it Pam. And with giants falling all around us, it makes us appreciate God’s forgiveness even more.

  2. May we be quick to ask our loving Father to forgive us when we do something we know is wrong. We all need His redemption and unfailing love.
    Blessings, Bill!

  3. Diane Ronzino says:

    I think this is a beautiful post, Bill, and perfect for post-Christmas. Sometimes the after-Christmas letdown can be due to unmet expectations. Psalm 51 is perfect for restoring a “right spirit within us” when we realize our expectations should only be in God and of God, for every other expectation can let us down.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      Thank you Diane for those encouraging words. I like your words of “restoring a right spirit within us.”

  4. Ryan S. says:

    What I love about this Psalm is that it shows that no matter how far we have fallen away, there is always a path back. Even under the law of the OT, Davis was able to be renewed, but as you have broken it down… It took David to recognize and repent of His sin and call out to God for that restoration to occur. Thankful for a grace filled and loving God whose desire is to see us restored.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      Oh man you hit the nail on the head Ryan. I, too, am grateful for a grace-filled and loving God whose desire is to see us restored.

  5. Cheryl says:

    So many familiar, often-quoted Scriptures in one chapter and a chapter we can all relate to. It gives me hope. If God was willing to forgive David for the awful things he did, He is willing to forgive us all. Such precious comfort today! Thank you, Pastor Bill.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      I agree Cheryl. I have gone to that chapter many times over the course of my life, knowing God’s grace is shown there.