If you’re anything like me, you can recite (or better yet sing) parts of Psalm 51 by heart.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore unto me, the joy of your salvation and uphold me with they free Spirit.”
This Psalm was written by David after he is confronted by the prophet Nathan with his sin of adultery with Bathsheba. It touches all of us because we’ve all been there — riddled with guilt because we’ve suddenly realized how deeply we have sinned.
Jonathan Parnell, pastor of Cities Church in Minneapolis-St. Paul, calls the 51st Psalm, “the Psalm par excellence when it comes to repentance” and also “an uncomfortable Psalm.” In this short book, he discusses other deep topics touched on in this well-known Psalm: mercy, praise, transformation, God’s presence and joy. It’s truly food for the soul, a Biblical sound and satisfying read.
Here are a few quotes that I found particularly challenging:
“…when things don’t go the way we want, we don’t usually stop and ask God to work in us. We would rather God change the circumstances …”
“We must take the unchanging truths of God and wrestle them into potential relevance.”
“We’re better at seeking his intervention then at giving him (God) adoration.”
If you read this book carefully, you won’t be the same when you’re finished. I highly recommend it.
VERDICT: 5 stars
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