This post is part of my book launch, God’s Triumphant Mercy: A Reflection of Psalm 51
Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.
David had committed two capital crimes. In Leviticus, we read: “If a man commits adultery with the wife of his neighbor, both the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death” (Lev. 20:10). In relation to arranging Uriah’s murder, we read: “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image” (Gen. 9:6).
Yet, God stated through Nathan: “The LORD also has put away your sin; you shall not die” (2 Sam. 12:13). Was God sweeping David’s sins under the rug? Did He go against His own law in seemingly letting him of the hook?
The apostle Paul gave us the answer to this apparent dilemma: “Whom [Jesus] God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins [including David’s adultery and murder]. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Rom. 3:25-26).
While these verses may sound complicated, it’s very easy. Because God would judge Jesus for David’s sins, He wasn’t unrighteous in passing over them “in his divine forbearance.” He’s perfectly righteous in freely forgiving sinners, including murderers. He’s the “God of my salvation.”
David realized and acknowledged these great gospel truths. He knew that he could truly sing aloud of God’s righteousness, justly forgiving his adultery and murder. That’s incredible! The same is true for us.
No matter what kind of sins we’ve committed, God is just when He forgives and declares us righteous. John wrote: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Jesus’ blood “cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7, 9). In the end, we’ll forever sign aloud of His righteousness, having delivered us from our sins through His grace and justice.
Heavenly Father, help me to sing aloud of Your righteousness.
The Devotional Writer
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