Psalm 51

Read Psalm 51.

Happy New Year! What better way to celebrate than with a psalm about sin! I’m sure you had it on your playlist as you rang in the new year. Yeah, probably not, but would it be the worst new year’s anthem? That answer probably depends on what we think this psalm is about. Is it really a psalm about sin as I suggested earlier? Yes, David sings about his sin as one who is broken over his transgressions, but I’m not sure that’s what the psalm is about. It isn’t, at least, where the psalm begins.

From the opening line, there is another theme of this psalm–the mercy and grace of God. David sings this song, not just because he recognized how he sinned, but even more because he trusted that God’s mercy was more abundant than his transgressions. David’s heart was broken and contrite, but the reason he sang was because he had hope. He believed that God was able to renew and restore what sin had broken. He trusted that his departure from God’s path did not mean that God would depart from him.

As we look back on the year that is gone and look forward to the year ahead, this may be just the song we need–a song about a God who can restore and uphold those who have fallen.

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