Morning Devotions: Psalm 51

Psalm 51, the go-to prayer of repentant sinners. It was the music of David’s heart during one of the darkest moments of his life. I suspect it has been the prayer of your heart as well.

Psalm 51:6 Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom. nkj

Because you probably already know this Psalm as the repent-sinners prayer, I want to look at a few other amazing statements David made in Psalm 51 that lead us back to the idea of our word of the week, Refuge.
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Behold” is a flag word in the Bible. It usually alerts me to spiritual truth that I am about to read. It lets me know that what I am going to read comes from the heavenly realm and probably cannot be understood if read with the natural mind. In Psalm 51:6 David says, “Behold,” (warning, what is about to be said must be Spiritually discerned.)

1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

The Almighty desires Truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom. (vs 6) Truth is Y’shua (Jesus)

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am The Way, the Truth, and the Life….

Y’shua (Jesus) is the Truth, he should be dwelling in your heart, your inward parts. He is the one who makes you to know wisdom but what is wisdom? It is insight for living from the Almighty’s perspective.

The first definition that “Brown-Driver-Brigg’s Hebrew Lexicon” (BDB) lists for wisdom is “skill in war,” If you are a believer then you are a spiritual soldier, you are engaged in a holy rebellion against this world (take up your cross—because the cross is the world’s punishment for sedition against the way of the world… embrace it). Our war is not against people (flesh and blood-Ephesians 6:2) but against dark powers in the spiritual realm. We need wisdom to know how to fight the true enemy instead of wounding people that the Almighty died for. Y’shua healed us by the wounds he suffered, how dare we make wounds on those He suffered for!

Wisdom is not just for Spiritual Warfare, it is also for administration of our resources. The Almighty may own the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10) but he gives us stewardship only of what he chooses (Matthew 25:15) He expects us to be both thankful and good stewards. If he is able to make much of little in this world (Proverbs 16:8) then we should be ready to do the same (John 13:15).

One of the many blessings of losing our main source of income for the last four years is the joy of knowing the riches of the Almighty. We lived splendidly on very little and knew Joy instead of depression or deprivation. Like the Hebrew’s of old, even our shoes did not wear out until our time of poverty (as the world describes poverty) was suddenly over. Hallelujah!

Psalm 51:12-14 Restore to me the joy of Your Salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Your Ways, and sinners shall be converted to You.  Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, The God of my Salvation,

Salvation is Y’shua, the Son of God, whom we know as Jesus from the Greek scriptures. His life, his Spirit, is what is living hidden in the heart of believers. He brings joy and that is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10). Do we sin? Yes! Is sin our doom? It is painful, it is shameful, it hurts those we love and living can be difficult because the Almighty cannot look upon sin (Habakkuk 1:13 and Matthew 27:46) but it does not doom the believer.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

We have this amazing privilege and hope in Y’shua (Jesus), confession of sin, which Psalm 51 is all about. Forgiveness of sin is from Y’shua, Salvation which is Jesus our Lord. He is The Way we are to live, He is the Truth that guides us on The Way. He is the God of our Salvation! Is there something in your life that leaves you feeling sad, uneasy, without joy? Confess it to Y’shua, He forgives and restores, He strengthens us with Joy! Then, to my amazement, he uses me to show others The Way! Hallelujah!
Mrs. Hagerty, November 5, 2015

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