Friday, September 6, 2013

Psalm 51

While painting this I was consumed with the idea of capturing the movement of the Holy Spirit.  I considered the fact that it is only through the Holy Spirit working in me that I am able to accomplish the things that God has asked of me.  Psalm 51 stood out because David was in a place of repentance.   He was asking God to wash him clean and in his own words in verse 11 he stated "Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me."  David knew the power of the Holy Spirit and he knew that he did not want to walk through life without Gods presence dwelling within him.  This was a reality that very few knew during Davids time.  Jesus changed it with one selfless act.  With his sacrifice he paved the way for all of us to know and be filled.  As I painted this I thought about the water of baptism and the fire of the Spirit.  I imagined pure light, joy, and the unstoppable power and presence of God.  I am thankful for the sacrifice that Jesus made for me and it is my prayer that I would not take the privilege of knowing  the Holy Spirit for granted.  

Psalm 51

Have mercy on me, O God,
    according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
    blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity
    and cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my transgressions,
    and my sin is always before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned
    and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
    and justified when you judge.
Surely I was sinful at birth,
    sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
    you taught me wisdom in that secret place.
Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
    wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
    let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins
    and blot out all my iniquity.
10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
    or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
    and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
    so that sinners will turn back to you.
14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
    you who are God my Savior,
    and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
15 Open my lips, Lord,
    and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
    you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
    a broken and contrite heart
    you, God, will not despise.
18 May it please you to prosper Zion,
    to build up the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,
    in burnt offerings offered whole;
    then bulls will be offered on your altar.
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  1. I LOVE IT! The second to last sentence has a divine typo: "As I panted this...." Of course you meant, "painted." But the Lord wants us to pant for the Him as the deer pants for the water :)

    1. Nice find Teague. I fixed it, but really like your interpretation.

  2. Patrick, this is really beautiful. Thank you. Psalm 51 is my favorite psalm.


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