Psalm 51

I uncovered something in Psalm 51 the other day that I had not discerned before in the many times I have read it. Being concerned, a lot lately, about what Chickenfarmer had mentioned in her comments on a previous blog about being a witness to the lost.
My counselor has advised me frequently to be prepared to grasp the opportunity to witness in the appropriate manner, then and there, when the chance arises.
Sometimes it is frustrating because it seems it’s not the time or the place, etc etc etc…and other excuses we conjure up to explain away our “missing it”.

But suddenly I saw it in Psalm 51….a quite appropriate way at all times, in all places in any situation to any persons that gives the message of Christ’s unending influence on my life, on our lives and available to them.
Psalm 51: 6 – 15 , paraphrased, says to the effect, that the Lord desires TRUTH to be ensconced in our inner selves so, Lord, make me to know wisdom.” So I see that when one has godly wisdom it is a drawing card to those who NEED to be ministered to by that wisdom…and in another place it does say that Jesus Christ has been made Wisdom to and for us. So, Wisdom is marvelous gift and tool to wield in being a witness for the Lord Jesus Christ.
Psalm 51 goes on to say that when I have a clean heart, free from bitterness, revenge, rejection, those things mentioned in Sara’s previous blog that a WILLING spirit is released within me. I will not shrink back from a confrontation that is presented to me or be “shy” or have fear of rejection because I have that “willing spirit”. But then the Scripture, 51:13….and this is the verse that really struck me almost dumbfounded….”THEN…(if I present myself with a willing spirit and pure heart)….”Then, will I teach transgressors Your ways and sinners shall be converted and return to you.” I won’t have to hit them on the head in the main office at work or in a restaurant or mall with my Bible and say, “know Christ”. They will discern the Willing Spirit of the Living God that is released when the joy of His salvation is discernible on my countenance and in my attitude…not a gripy, whiney, gossipy,
snooty attitude but a ‘willing spirit’.
Finally, verse 15 says, O Lord, open my lips and my mouth shall show forth Your praise….and then will they come to You ”
So let us pray for that WISDOM the gift of Jesus Christ and the Willing Spirit that comes from repentance of dead works, selfish ambitions and all the things that so easily beset us. Then can we win souls to the Lord and win BIG for the Kingdom.

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7 thoughts on “Psalm 51”

  1. This song gives me understanding on the impact of sin on every human being. We all have this in common. Yet, we have spiritual victory over this commonality. It comes from one place and that is from the LORD ALONE. This brings us into another commonality of relationship. Obedience to God which bring unity in this new relationship and shows the reason for others to join because that is God’s way. I love 52:8 “I am like a green olive tree in the house of God.” This being a part of God’s landscape. It’s being firmly planted in the house of God and joining the whole to bring the spiritual victory to others. We are not a one man show. The show belongs to only The One that we are part of.

  2. As I read Ps 51 that MG writes of and thought about Sara’s comment… ‘It’s being firmly planted in the house of God and joining the whole to bring the spiritual victory to others. We are not a one man show”…I see the Psalmist asking God to build the walls of Jerusalem. It takes more than one rock to build a wall. It takes a lot, all made to fit together just right for a wall or wall of a building to wall to stand. Ephesians 2:20-22 tells us that collectively, working together, God is building us into building made up of walls. It is a Holy temple. Jesus is the chief cornerstone and God will dwell there. But if don’t work together with others in the Body of Christ and the Cornerstone, looks to me there won’t be a building.

  3. In speaking of being planted in the “House of the Lord” Hebrews 3:2 says to “attentively consider Jesus the Apostle and high Priest of our confession and how faithful HE was to the Father and to His House….the Father Who appointed Him, just like Moses was faithful to the household of God. Yet Jesus is considered worthy of much greater honor and glory than Moses, just as a builder of a house has much more honor than the house, itself. For every house is is built and furnished by someone but the BUILDER AND FURNISHER OF ALL THINGS is GOD. v.6; but Christ the Messiah was faithful over His own Father’s house as a Son and Master of the house. And it is we who are now members of this house if we hold fast and firm with confidence in the Master until the end.”
    So we see that we are the living stones, not brick or mortar but each of us represents a “BRICK” in the Household of Faith….as in Psalm 52….we are like green olive trees planted in the house of the Lord and now that Christ has come and redeemed us and infused us with His Holy Spirit we have become lively stones of the Body of Christ… a living organism that continues to grow and encompass the whole earth. We are our Father’s household along with the saints who are now in Heaven. What a universal community of Christian Love!

  4. Lord, help us to be like David here, to pray for a “continued” clean heart. We don’t want any “bitterness, revenge, rejection, sin, etc.”, to hinder the “willing” spirit, that allows us to witness to someone; who may be, standing in the need, of Your forgiveness, mercy, grace, and salvation. Thank you, MG for helping us to see that a “pure” heart is a “MUST”.

  5. John 1:8 ” 8 John was not the light; he was simply a WITNESS to tell about the light.”
    John the Baptist was a witness to tell about the light, Jesus. This was John’s job, to witness. God gave this job to John the Baptist. He was a witness for the Lord. John took his job very seriously. He didn’t go buy top of the line clothes. He didn’ t have the most expensive sandles to wear. He didn’t go and work hard all his life and buy the best of the best for himself. He really didn’t care what other people were wearing or what they thought of him. WHY? The reason is God gave him a JOB. WalMart didn’t hire him. God hired him. His job was to witness to other people about Jesus. Matt. 3:3 “The prophet Isaiah was speaking about John when he said, “He is a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord’s coming! Clear the road for Him!'” I can close my eyes and picture John the Baptist wearing old dirty torn camel hair for clothing and no sandles on his feet. Eating locusts and honey. Speaking to people who were gathered around with a loud powerful voice that God blessed him with. What was John saying….. (John 1:29……..”LOOK! THE LAMB OF GOD WHO TAKES AWAY THE SIN OF THE WORLD! 30 HE IS THE ONE I WAS TALKING ABOUT WHEN I SAID,’ A MAN IS COMING AFTER ME WHO IS FAR GREATER THAN I AM, FOR HE EXISTED LONG BEFORE ME’….” John spoke God’s word. He didn’ t care who he offended. Matthew 14:3-4 3 For Herod had arrested and imprisoned John as a favor to his wife Herodias (the former wife of Herod’s brother Philip) 4John had been telling Herod, “It is against God’s law for you to marry her.”
    John spoke the truth to anyone, no matter who they were. This was his job. To pray, preach, witness and prepare the way for Jesus (the light). He perform this task with boldness, passion and obedince to the Lord. He spoke and people listened. He was God’s witness. People looked passed how he was dress and what he ate for dinner. They were more concerned in what he said. John is a wonderful role model. He was God ‘s witness. We are God’s witnesses. Our job is to WITNESS about the light and to PREPARE THE WAY FOR THE LORD’S COMING! CLEAR THE ROAD!” We need to clear the sky instead of the road, because that is the path our Lord will take the next time he comes. This is our job and we better take it seriously. Jesus clearly states this in Acts 1:8 “But you will recieve power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere- in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” We have a very important job. Let us do this job with boldness, passion and obedience. Thank you MG for this awesome blog.

  6. Numbers 20:17-21: “Please let us pass through your country. We will not pass through fields or vineyards, nor will we drink water from wells; we will go along the King’s Highway; we will not turn aside to the right hand or to the left until we have passed through your territory.'”
    You are right, Cnickenfarmer, we need the King’s Highway. Whom cam walk up there but the pure in heart?”

    I wonder about myself many days. There is a higher road than I take many times. There is a path of love and discipline that leads to the mountain but attitude with lack of self-discipline takes me to the valley more times than I want to go. I know there is always “A MORE EXCELLENT WAY” and that is the King’s Highway, if only I would take that route at all times.

  7. After reading Mg’s blog and the response, this song came to mind, and I am not sure of the author “Build us together, build us together, O Lord into a house of living Stone….into a city whose builder and maker is God…..And, Sara, I agree with you and Chickenfarmer, about the Kings highway …and it seems the valley and I too well aquainted….but the mountain is becoming a more familiar sight and the ‘More excellent’ way is a route I am aiming to take and stay on. It is a path we all must really strive to take and stay on and help others to take also..as Sara Scripture from Numbers 20:17-21 says “We, not just I ,so its a reaching out and and not a solo thing once you take that first step theres more than just me there. Others are watching our walk on the Kings highway and they want to know how to get there …..its hard but the Holy Ghost is there to help us,,,right?dj

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