Psalm 51:9 Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.


Which is more scandelous: that David had the nerve to pray this after all he had done or that God actually answered David’s prayer?

This is so important to grasp. In Psalm 51:1 David prayed for “mercy” according to God’s “steadfast love” (faithfulness), not his own faithfulness. In v.4, David acknowledges that God is “just” and “blameless.” Then in v.7 he asked to be “purged” with hyssop – pointing us back to the Passover in Exodus 12. Then we come to v.9 and David asks God to “hide” His face from his sins & “blot out” all his “iniquities.” (Take a minute to read slowly Psalm 51:9-12 and be shocked by this prayer)

Here is what is most amazing about David’s prayer. God answered it! All David did was steal his friend’s wife, have his friend murdered, cover it up, & ignore all of this for almost a year (see 2 Samuel 11-12). And God answered David’s prayer! If it is true that God is “just” and “blameless”  HOW COULD GOD ANSWER DAVID’S PRAYER AND DO ALL THESE THINGS DAVID IS ASKING FOR?

We must know that God DID answer this prayer. How? Why? So that God could be “just” in punishing David’s sin and the” justifier” of David!

Rom 3:23-26 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (24) and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, (25) whom 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. (26) 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.                         (italics added for emphasis)

You see, 1000 years after David prayed that the LORD would “hide his face from his sins & bolt out all his iniquities” – the LORD did just that. On the cross, the “Father turned His face away.” He HID His face from David’s sin! He turned His back on the Lord Jesus Christ! We know that Christ became sin for us on the cross (2 Cor 5:21) and he screamed out “My God, My God! Why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46).

The answer to Jesus’ God forsaken scream is “Because He didn’t forsake David!” Or,  “Because He didn’t forsaken you and me!” The LORD is “just & the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus”!

So, which is more scandelous… David’s prayer or God answering it?



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