A STUDY ON PSALMS 51:9-11….Part One


Psalms 51:9-11

Hide thy face from my sins, And blot out all mine iniquities. create in me a clean heart, O God; And renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; And take not thy holy spirit from me.

Many a times, children of God, find themselves quoting this verse to plead for forgiveness from God. This was a prayer offered by David under the Old Testament. He was pleading for forgiveness after his affair with Bathsheba. It is the lack of understanding of what Christ has accomplished through his death, burial and resurrection that makes us repeat prayers of people like David in the Old Testament. It was okay for David to pray for these things. But is it okay for a child of God to do so? Let’s take a look at it:

  • Hide your face from my sins and blot out my iniquities.

Here, David asks God to hide his face from his sins and blot out his iniquities. In the Old Testament, there was no assurance of the blotting out of sins. Sins were covered temporarily by the blood of bulls and goats. They were not removed permanently.

Apparently, David desired more than a covering of his sins. He wanted God to blot out his sins, that is, remove it completely. That is why he offered that prayer.

In Isaiah, we saw the prophet declaring the ability of God to blot out sins and not to remember it.

Isaiah 43:25

I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.

It is God who blots out sins. However, in the Old Testament, he hadn’t accomplished that yet. As a result, David could pray to God to look away from his sins and blot away his iniquities. However, in the New Testament, it has been accomplished. We have our sins blotted away, never to be remembered…

To be continued…

By: Sandy Amponsah


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