Psalm 51

  1. What can we learn about confession and the grounds of forgiveness from verses 1-5? Note: (a)the terms which David uses to describe himself and his wrongdoing, and (b) where his hope lies.
  2. David realizes that his whole nature is sinful, and that God requires sincerity and integrity in the innermost part of his being (verse 6; cf. 1 Sam. 16:7).What, therefore, (in verses 7-12) does he ask for in addition to forgiveness? Also what does he promise shall be the outcome of God’s answer to hi prayer? See verses 13-17.

Note. Verse 4. This does not meant that David had not also done wrong against man (note in verse 14 hi confession of ‘bloodguilt’), but that he now saw his wrongdoing in this one outstanding aspect of it, as being sin against God. Cf. Gen. 39:9; 2 Sam. 12:13.