The Steps to Deliverance
Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me. Psalm 50:15
King David was a man after God's own heart, the sweet psalmist of Israel, mighty warrior, victorious over God's enemies, but still a man capable of committing sin.
The following steps to deliverance are taken from Psalm 51 after David committed adultery with Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah, one of David's loyal soldiers. After the adulterous affair David was sent word that Bathsheba was pregnant so he devised a plan to bring her husband Uriah off the battle field, get him drunk and send him home to make love to his wife and cover up his sin.
The evil plan was spoiled when Uriah refused to dishonor his fellow soldiers by being able to go home and enjoy his wife while they were embroiled in battle. After two attempts to send Uriah home David gave up and wrote a note to his commander to send Uriah into the heat of battle and then pull back from him allowing him to be killed. David even had the audacity to send the sealed message by the hand of Uriah himself.
The plan worked, Uriah was killed and David brought Bathsheba into his house after she had mourned her husband's death and they were married. All was well, the evil scheme worked and no one but David's loyal commander knew about the diabolical plot; that is, no one, but God! You cannot hide your sin from God's holy eyes and you cannot lie to the Holy Spirit and conceal your iniquity.
Under the law of Moses David was guilty of adultery and murder and both carried the death sentence, even for a leader of God's people. When a Christian sins, he knows in his heart that he has broken the laws of God and he is convicted by the Holy Spirit, but justifying one's sin and transgression can bring a false sense of security leading to further deception.
But to the wicked God says: "What right have you to declare My statutes, or take My covenant in your mouth, seeing you hate instruction and cast My words behind you? When you saw a thief, you consented with him, and have been a partaker with adulterers. You give your mouth to evil, and your tongue frames deceit, you sit and speak against your brother; and slander your own mother's son. These things you have done and I kept silent; you thought that I was altogether like you; but I will rebuke you, and set them in order before your eyes.
Now consider this, you who forget God, lest I tear you in pieces and there be none to deliver: whoever offers praise glorifies Me; and to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God." Psalm 50:15-23
David was confronted by Nathan the prophet and convicted by the Holy Spirit that he had created a grave mistake and sinned against a holy God. In Psalm 51 David goes through the steps of forgiveness and deliverance and receives the mercy and grace leading to his freedom, although the consequences of his sin followed him all the days of his life.
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. Psalm 51:1,2
God is a merciful loving Father and understands our weaknesses and our fallen nature and His ears are open to our call for help. When we sin we need to run to Him and not away from Him to receive His generous mercy. The blood of Jesus will cleanse us once we have cried out for mercy and we are willing to turn again to His righteousness.
For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against You, You only have I sinned, and done this evil in your sight. That You may be found just when you speak, and blameless when you judge. Psalm 51:3,4
The word of God says that if we confess our sins that He is faithful to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Confession cleanses the heart and frees the conscience to once again hear the voice of the Holy Spirit. Separation from God only leads to further ungodliness and ultimately makes one desolate.
Behold I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me. Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom. Psalm 51:5,6
David acknowledged the fact that he was born in sin because of the generational curse of Adam. This curse runs down the bloodline and could have even been responsible to set him up for a fall. Jesus was bruised for our iniquities, meaning that He bled inside His body to free us from the effects of the generational curse.
REQUESTING THE BLOOD
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me hear joy and gladness, that the bones You have broken may rejoice. Hide Your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Psalm 51:7-9
David asked to be purged with hyssop, a local plant used in biblical times for ceremonial cleansing. Used as a sponge to apply the blood on the doorposts in Egypt, it is symbolic of the cleansing power of the blood of Christ. The blood of Jesus is the only agent able to wash away our sins and iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.. Psalm 51:10,11
Cleansing the heart will renew and restore your relationship with God. Sin separates us from our heavenly Father and grieves His Holy Spirit. When we confess our sins and repent, or turn away from them our heart is once again able to communicate with God.
Restore to me the joy of my salvation, and uphold me by your generous Spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners shall be converted to You. Psalm 51:12,13
One of Satan's tactics is to bring doubt into a person's heart after he has sinned and try to convince him that God has given up on him. Once the sin has been dealt with the joy and assurance of salvation will return and the power to testify of God's grace in your life will convert other people trapped in sin.
Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, the God of my salvation and my tongue shall sing aloud of your righteousness. O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth thy praise. Psalm 51:14,15
David was freed from sin and delivered from the yoke of bondage to once again praise God. His heart was cleansed and his conscience restored so that he could be free from guilt and condemnation from his enemy. You too can be free from sin by crying out to God for mercy and receiving his blood to cleanse you and restore you back to Him. His mercy truly endures forever. Amen.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart- these O God, You will not despise. Psalm 51:17
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