August 2, 2015

Psalm 51

The ancient Greek philosopher, Socrates, is credited with saying, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Similarly, Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 13:5: “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test?”

In Psalm 51, the prophet Nathan forces King David to examine his heart in order to confront the myriad of sins stemming from David’s adulterous relationship with Bathsheba. In response, David composed this penitent psalm begging God for forgiveness and restoration.

All too often, we try to bury or compartmentalize the sin in our lives; however, as God’s children, all of whom are indwelled with the Holy Spirit, he will not allow us to do this successfully. In order to maintain a healthy personal relationship with God, we must recognize our sin, request forgiveness, and repent. Take this moment to examine your life. Ask the Holy Spirit to make you aware of your sins of commission and omission. Remember sin is sin in God’s eyes; no sin is greater than another.