Daily Bible Study
Psalm 51: 1,2: "Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin." This Psalm follows the aftermath of David's affair with Bathsheba. David's call for mercy is the only appropriate request for a confessing sinner. No sinner should ask for justice, for that would men judgment and ruin. Mercy and forgiveness are God's gifts to the confessing sinner. Even when the Lord forgives, He does not tarnish His just character; confessed sins are covered by the sacrifice of His perfect Son on the Cross. The phrase 'according to Your lovingkindness' expresses God's loyal or covenantal love to His people.