The human mind is a treacherous place. Here, all sorts of evil notions are concocted. If some of our thoughts were revealed, we would be sent to the dungeon. It is hard to keep one’s mind pure in this day and age. An old preacher said that evil thoughts, like birds, flyover our heads and warned us not to allow them to nest on our heads. David gave a perfect illustration of this by his actions with Bathsheba in 2 Sam. 11:2-3, “And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon. And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” Most know the remainder of the story with its acts of infidelity and murder.
Enter Psalm 51 with David calling out to God in anguish. The hounds of hell are nipping at his heels. Unconfessed sin will do that to us. We may look well, but we are fully aware of a “Payday Someday,” as Andrew Murray’s sermon was entitled. Prior to my salvation, I ran hard with the world and I am not proud of that. I paid a dear price for my wickedness. Like David, I knew I would not get away with my sins. Thank God the day came when the dawn of Heaven erupted into my soul, I repented of my sins and asked Jesus into my life.
We all tend to focus on the obvious in this Psalm, but I would like to focus on the not so obvious. This Psalm speaks to eternal security with the Father. In God’s eyes there is no grading of sin. Through human eyes, David’s sins were horrifying. Yet he acknowledged his sins, asked for forgiveness and was restored to a right relationship with God. David did not lose his “salvation” but went on being used and known as a “man after God’s own heart” (Acts.13:22). David is one of the most revered humans of the Bible. When a true believer fails, God never forsakes-He restores!
Verse 11 is used by naysayers as proof against eternal security. During David’s time there was not a “personal” in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit as in New Testament times. What he is referring to is 1 Sam. 16:14, “But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul…” (lost his anointed kingship). David was concerned God would do him likewise; take away his Spirit anointed kingship; not salvation. Verse 12 is the absolute key. “Restore unto me the joy of “thy” salvation (many misquote this to read “my”). David did not ask God to restore his salvation. David never lost anything; so, there was nothing to return. On Christ the solid Rock we stand!