he psalmist prays for mercy, humbly confessing and lamenting his sins. (1-6) He pleads for pardon, that he may promote the
glory of God and the conversion of sinners. (7-15) God is pleased with a contrite heart, A prayer for the prosperity of Zion.
Verses 1-6: David, being convinced of his sin, poured out his
soul to God in prayer for mercy and grace. Whither should backsliding children return, but to the Lord their God, who alone
can heal them? he drew up, by Divine teaching, an account of the workings of his heart toward God. Those that truly repent
of their sins, will not be ashamed to own their repentance. Also, he instructs others what to do, and what to say. David had
not only done much, but suffered much in the cause of God; yet he flees to God's infinite mercy, and depends upon that alone
for pardon and peace. He begs the pardon of sin. The blood of Christ, sprinkled upon the conscience, blots out the transgression,
and, having reconciled us to God, reconciles us to ourselves. The believer longs to have the whole debt of his sins blotted
out, and every stain cleansed; he would be thoroughly washed from all his sins; but the hypocrite always has some secret reserve,
and would have some favorite lust spared. David had such a deep sense of his sin, that he was continually thinking of it,
with sorrow and shame. His sin was committed against God, whose truth we deny by wilful sin; with him we deal deceitfully.
And the truly penitent will ever trace back the streams of actual sin to the fountain of original depravity. He confesses
his original corruption. This is that foolishness which is bound in the heart of a child, that proneness to evil, and that
backwardness to good, which is the burden of the regenerate, and the ruin of the unregenerate. He is encouraged, in his repentance,
to hope that God would graciously accept him. Thou desirest truth in the inward part; to this God looks, in a returning sinner.
Where there is truth, God will give wisdom. Those who sincerely endeavour to do their duty shall be taught their duty; but
they will expect good only from Divine grace overcoming their corrupt nature.
7-15: Purge me with hyssop, with the blood of Christ applied to my soul by a lively faith, as the water of
purification was sprinkled with a bunch of hyssop. The blood of Christ is called the blood of sprinkling, (Heb
12:24). If this blood of Christ, which cleanses from all sin, cleanse us from our sin, then we shall be clean indeed,
(Heb 10:2). He asks not to be comforted, till he is first cleansed; if sin, the bitter root of
sorrow, be taken away, he can pray in faith, Let me have a well-grounded peace, of thy creating, so that the bones broken
by convictions may rejoice, may be comforted. Hide thy face from my sins; blot out all mine iniquities out of thy book; blot
them out, as a cloud is blotted out and dispelled by the beams of the sun. And the believer desires renewal to holiness as
much as the joy of salvation. David now saw, more than ever, what an unclean heart he had, and sadly laments it; but he sees
it is not in his own power to amend it, and therefore begs God would create in him a clean heart. When the sinner feels this
change is necessary, and reads the promise of God to that purpose, he begins to ask it. He knew he had by his sin grieved
the Holy Spirit, and provoked him to withdraw. This he dreads more than anything. He prays that Divine comforts may be restored
to him. When we give ourselves cause to doubt our interest in salvation, how can we expect the joy of it? This had made him
weak; he prays, I am ready to fall, either into sin or into despair, therefore uphold me with thy Spirit. Thy Spirit is a
free Spirit, a free Agent himself, working freely. And the more cheerful we are in our duty, the more constant we shall be
to it. What is this but the liberty wherewith Christ makes his people free, which is contrasted with the yoke of bondage?
(Ga 5:1). It is the Spirit of adoption spoken to the heart. Those to whom God is the God of salvation,
he will deliver from guilt; for the salvation he is the God of, is salvation from sin. We may therefore plead with him, Lord,
thou art the God of my salvation, therefore deliver me from the dominion of sin. And when the lips are opened, what should
they speak but the praises of God for his forgiving mercy?
Those who are thoroughly convinced of their misery and danger by sin, would spare no cost to obtain the remission of it. But
as they cannot make satisfaction for sin, so God cannot take any satisfaction in them, otherwise than as expressing love and
duty to him. The good work wrought in every true penitent, is a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart, and sorrow for
sin. It is a heart that is tender, and pliable to God's word. Oh that there were such a heart in every one of us! God is graciously
pleased to accept this; it is instead of all burnt-offering and sacrifice. The broken heart is acceptable to God only through
Jesus Christ; there is no true repentance without faith in him. Men despise that which is broken, but God will not. He will
not overlook it, he will not refuse or reject it; though it makes God no satisfaction for the wrong done to him by sin. Those
who have been in spiritual troubles, know how to pity and pray for others afflicted in like manner. David was afraid lest
his sin should bring judgements upon the city and kingdom. No personal fears or troubles of conscience can make the soul,
which has received grace, careless about the interests of the church of God. And let this be the continued joy of all the
redeemed, that they have redemption through the blood of Christ, the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of his grace.
David Burnette's Life Application
A Clean Heart
Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making
an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue
in the Book of Psalm with Chapter 51. In our text today we see a theme of David's plea for mercy forgiveness, and a clean
Heart. David realizes that God wants our hearts right with him. In making application we see that our hearts can drift
from the Lord. Even after we are saved we must strive to keep our hearts and lives clean and free from sin. The world,
our flesh, and the enemy are constantly trying to sway our heart. It is daily cleansing through His Word, listening to
His Spirit, along with our prayer and repentance that creates a clean heart within the child of God. How about you?
Is your heart clean before the Lord? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to follow David as he said "Create
in me a clean heart" as we cleanse our through His Word.