Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:
“He found (her) in a desert land, in the howling void of the wilderness: He kept circling around (her), He scanned (her) penetratingly. He kept (her) as the pupil of His eye. As an eagle that stirs up her nest, that flutters over her young. He spread abroad His wings and He took them. He bore them on His pinions. So the Lord alone led (her).”
Scripture for Today’s Devotional Study:
“Deliver me from bloodguiltiness and death, O God, the God of my salvation, and my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.”
Psalm 51: 14
“Why God Loved David” – Part XX
“If He (God) hides the sin, or lesseneth it, He is faulty; if He leaves it still upon us, we die. He must then take our iniquity to Himself, make it His own, and so deliver us for thus having taken the sin upon Himself, as lawfully He may, and lovingly He doth, it followeth that we live if He lives; and who can desire more?”
How do I think God has delivered me from eternal death?
What has been my personal response to God’s gift of eternal life? (John 3: 16)
“Calvary not merely made possible the salvation of those for whom Christ died; it ensured that they would be brought to faith and their salvation made actual.”
“Bloodguiltiness”: Hebrew defined as: “Daum” from 1826, blood as that which when shed causes death of man or animal. By analogy – the juice of the grape.
“On the mount of crucifixion,
Fountains opened deep and wide,
Through the floodgates of God’s mercy,
Flowed a vast and gracious tide,
Grace and love like mighty rivers,
Flowed incessant from above,
Heaven’s peace and perfect justice,
Kissed a guilty world in love.”
Love Song of the Welsh Revival
I want to finish our study of Psalm 51. During the next three days, we will be looking specifically at Psalm 51: 14, a text which is vital in helping us understand not only the immeasurable love our Father in heaven had for David, but also, the unfathomable love He extends to you and me, no matter how sordid our past and present may appear.
Our study text for today begins with David asking God to deliver him from bloodguiltiness and death. Believe me, David understood he had innocent blood on his hands for he was guilty of spilling the blood of Uriah, the Hittite. So he humbly came to God, asking for pardon.
There are three words in Psalm 51: 14, that over the coming days I want to look at. The first word is “bloodguiltiness.” The second word is “salvation” and the third word is “righteousness.” Just to give you some idea how important this passage of Scripture is, we find that David’s entire response, as he recognized what he had been delivered from, how he had been delivered and “Who” had delivered him, ultimately became the song of his life. David actually called this event – the joy of his salvation.
To help me better understand the word bloodguiltiness, I looked at how Webster’s dictionary defines this word and it means, “guilt caused by murder or bloodshed.” But I wanted to get even a deeper idea about what this word, which is found only once in the Bible, means. When I checked the Hebrew and I found the word “daum” means blood that when it is shed causes the death of a man or animal. As a nurse, especially when working in an emergency room, I witnessed, on more than one occasion, what happened when a person with a severe, traumatic injury was bleeding profusely. You could actually witness their life drifting away. But let me tell you, it wasn’t until our car accident that I really felt, within my own body, what I had previously seen only with my eyes. As I lost pint after pint of blood at the accident scene, it is not an exaggeration to state that I felt my life slipping away. At one point, I thought it was all over. I didn’t have the strength to even take a breath and I could feel my heart beating weaker and slower. It was one of those never-to-be-forgotten moments I don’t want to endure again, anytime soon. This experience though, gave me a new insight of how critical blood is to life. And the reverse can be said that the unstopped loss of blood is what will bring death.
Let’s bring this reality to the book of Genesis where in the perfect home of Adam and Eve, God told His dear children that sin causes death. To Adam and Eve, death was something inexperienced. They hadn’t seen what death was. They hadn’t watched a flower wilt or a tree drop its leaves. They had not witnessed a child breathing their last. No, death was not something they understood. This is why God warned them that meddling with sin would change their lives and their world forever.
But with the power of choice given as God’s great gift – a gift that allows His children to love their Father with a free will – Adam and Eve chose to believe that “death” was no big deal. They chose to believe the serpent when he told them they could do as they pleased and live forever as “enlightened” beings knowing all that God knew. What a mistake to believe the serpent’s lie for when the deception of the serpent was revealed for what it was, Adam and Eve experienced a taste of what death was.
When their son Cain, murdered his brother Abel, as Abel’s blood flowed upon the ground until his body lay lifeless, they were witness to what blood guiltiness was all about. This is the same bloodguiltiness David experienced and knew would ultimately lead to his death without the intervention of his gracious Father.
How was “bloodguiltiness” to be atoned for? What would God do? If He were like the vengeful kings in the nations surrounding Israel, God could have demanded tit-for-tat. He could have required the sacrificial murder of children to appease His temper or His wrath, as some call it. But instead, we find that a merciful God came to earth, in the life of His Son, Jesus Christ, and brought at-one-ment. He came to bring wholeness and completeness to what had been ripped apart. He infused life-giving blood into lifeless bodies and death was no more. This is what David not only asked for, but received a glimpse of in the Old Testament. He envisioned the day when the house of David would be cleansed and life would replace death. How thankful we can be that David received the gift he asked for. So David went to his Father with the request for cleansing for the blood on his hands and the guilt that filled his heart.
“In the cross, God descends to bear in His own heart the sins of the world. In Jesus, He atones at unimaginable cost to Himself.”
Woodrow A. Geier
“Jesus, receive my heart,
and bring me to Thy love.
All my desire Thou art.
Kindle fire within me,
that I may win to Thy love,
and see Thy face in bliss
which shall never cease,
in heaven with never an ending.”
Dorothy Valcárcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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