We didn’t quite get to the end of Psalm 51 in worship Sunday, and I want you to see how it ends. After 17 verses of gut-wrenching and honest confession (remember it is a model prayer for confession of sin), David writes:
18 Do good to Zion in your good pleasure;
build up the walls of Jerusalem;
19 then will you delight in right sacrifices,
in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.
As king, David is aware the effects of his sin trickle down to the people in the kingdom. His sin is not a private matter at all, instead, everyone in his circle of influence is adversely affected by his wayward actions.
It may also be said, as he does in these two concluding verses, that when justice is brought to the situation and David is forgiven, it will have a positive effect on the people under his care. The walls of Jerusalem are built up when sin is recognized, confessed, and things are made right.
We’re not kings, of course, but we do have people in our circles of influence who are positively or negatively affected by our connection or lack of connection with God. During Lent, we know our wanderings are not just a barrier between us and God, for we are far more connected to each other than that.
God grants us grace for the journey, and his steadfast love endures forever.
Grace and Peace,