Psalm 51, Day 1 – Clean to Death

Today we flip back to the Triad study with a new theme and a new passage for the week. We’re looking at Psalm 51, which the authors of the study chose to illustrate God’s grace as it leads us to repentance, and which David wrote in response to his sin of adultery with Bathsheba. It’s a plea for cleansing and renewal, a desire to be set right.

Psalm 51 – Against You Only (Confessions, Pt. LI)

Psalm 51 is another of David’s better-known works. The epigraph provides a quick-and-dirty summary: “A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.” It’s a psalm of confession, and to anyone who’s had The Talk, the verb “had gone in to” leaves no question as to what physical act constituted David’s sin here. The psalm is a confession of adultery, and of all the sins that compounded when David tried to cover the deed up.