The Grace Note - June 2015
What is our posture when we worship? When this question is asked, one might say it’s how you sit in the sanctuary, or whether you are sitting or standing during the service. When discussing posture, I think about our expectation or attitude as we are in corporate worship.
Summer is here and we will soon be resuming our study of the Psalms each Sunday during worship. One of the most popular psalms we will cover will be Psalm 51, which was written by David as a prayer for forgiveness of his sin of adultery with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband, Uriah the Hittite (2 Samuel 11 & 12). This text has been read many times and is one of the well-known scriptures of Penitential Psalms. It is interesting to read on King David’s posture, or attitude in which he confessed to God his sin.
A brief outline of Psalm 51:
Vs 1-2: “Have Mercy on Me, O God” David saw the need for forgiveness for his sin. David humbly asked to be cleansed from sin knowing he did not deserve it. David approached the throne of God with a posture of humility, knowing his sin deserved death, and asking God to cleanse him.
Vs 3-5: “Against you, you only have I sinned” David takes full responsibility for his sin. He further recognizes that he was born into the world a sinner and needs God to bring restoration to his life.
Vs 6-13: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” David longs to be renewed and restored to God. He asks for God to sanctify him and lead him in a life of righteousness.
Vs. 14-17: “Deliver me…and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.” David continues to ask for deliverance from his sin. The deliverance from sin gives David a reason to sing.
Each week, our goal is to worship from the gospel story -that Christ came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the worst (1 Timothy 1:15-16). As we approach worship, we have reason to sing knowing that our sin is paid for through Jesus. We worship to give glory to God who has cleansed us through the precious blood of Jesus. Let us not forget the seriousness of our sin, confessing our sin and worshipping the God who saves us from our sin. May we approach the throne of grace each week with a broken and contrite heart (Psalm 51:17), knowing our sin is washed in the blood of Jesus.
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