Psalm 51-53; 1 Thessalonians 4

Psalm 51:11-14

Turn away your face from my sins; blot out all my iniquities.

 A clean heart create for me, God; renew within me a steadfast spirit.

 Do not drive me from before your face, nor take from me your holy spirit.

 Restore to me the gladness of your salvation; uphold me with a willing spirit.

Psalm 51 – the Miserere – is the most famous psalm after Psalm 23 (“The Lord is my Shepherd”).  It came from the repentant heart of David, after his adultery with Bathsheeba and murder of Uriah.  Verses 11-14 is a great prayer for anyone – especially men – in the devil’s grip of pornography, a vastly underappreciated plague on our society.

Psalm 53: 2-4

The fool says in his heart “There is no God.”

They act corruptly and practice injustice; there is none that does good.

 God looks out from the heavens upon the children of Adam,

To see if there is a discerning person who is seeking God.

 All have gone astray; each one is altogether perverse.

 There is not one who does what is good, not even one.

What would David say today, if we could fetch him in our time machine and let him watch a week of reality TV and cable news?  On the bright side he’d probably say Chick Fil-A is awesome (“Better service than I got at the palace!”)  Just sayin’….


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