6.12 Psalm 50-54

Jeff Streng


Psalm 50-54    

Summarize the day’s reading in one paragraph. Psalm 50 is one of 12 Psalms that credits authorship to Asaph, a temple singer, and contrasts those that honor God with those that don’t.

Psalms 51 – 54 are credited to David:

Psalm 51 is where David laments his adultery with Bathsheba and cries out to God for mercy.

Psalm 52 contrasts the man “who did not make God his stronghold” with those who “trust in God’s unfailing love forever and ever”.

Psalm 53 foretells of God “restoring his people” (that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!).

Psalm 54 has David praising God as sustainer and deliverer.

What is one key verse?

Psalm 51: 10-12

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.


I chose these verses because they’re incredibly simple, yet profound.  They summarize what I aspire to, the worldview that says God’s grace is sufficient in all circumstances and that I need to rely on Him “to sustain me” instead of myself.  It also speaks to having a “pure heart” and “willing spirit”, both animated by God’s Spirit within me, and my need to be more willing to be guided by His Spirit.

How does what you read change your vision of God?

It reminds me that God’s Spirit indwells me and is guiding me toward truth and that I need to be more in tune with His Spirit each day.  It also reminds me of my pride and my desire to captain my own ship – something I need His help to constantly keep in check.

How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?

David’s repentance of his sin with Bathsheba in Psalm 51 reminds me that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” and that, while there are consequences of sin in this temporal life, Christ’s sacrifice reconciles us back to God and redeems us of our sin, giving us hope for eternal life with God – praise God!  We’re all God’s creation and are sinners in desperate need of the good news of His redemption, whether realized or not. It’s through this lens that I want to view others.

How will you Go With God because of this reading?

I’m thankful that ‘nothing in all creation will be able to separate me from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’ I want to play a bigger role in proclaiming this message.

Where did you see Jesus in these chapters?

I was reminded of Jesus each time I read about anything related to “hope” or “salvation”, an example being Psalm 53: 6:

Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
    When God restores his people,
    let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!

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