Grace Protestant Reformed Church

Deliver Me and I Shall Sing

Date: AM
Text: Psalm 51:14,15
Psalters: 292, 389, 141, 408
Sacrament of the Lord's Supper
  1. Delivered from what?
    1. “Blood-guiltiness.”
      1. David sees himself covered with blood.
      2. Though the Hebrew word is only “blood,” The translation of “blood-guiltiness” is correct.
      3. Now David’s honest sense of his sin afflicts his soul with tremendous agony of guilt.
    2. “Deliver me” is an urgent request to be rescued, delivered, saved, snatched away.
      1. David is seeking to be delivered out of his guilt.
      2. David’s reference to God’s “righteousness” shows that he is not looking for an easy out (for God to set it aside).
      3. The cry for deliverance of this sin is repeated every time the memory (which cannot be stopped) returns.
  2. Deliverance unto what? The praise of God!
    1. This is not a bribe, nor a repayment, because he (and we) cannot praise God unless He opens our lips to do so.
    2. But now David is confident about his being delivered, for he sees “God, Thou God of my salvation.”
      1. God alone can save, and He has purposed to give salvation according to His grace.
      2. Second, David’s confidence of being forgiven is evidenced in his promises to “sing aloud of Thy righteousness” and his “mouth shall shew forth Thy praise.”
    3. Therefore he vows to sing of “Thy praise.”
    4. David promises to praise God lustily (“sing aloud”), not a little, but with ringing cries of joy, exultation, and praise.
      1. As our sins make loud noises, so should our songs of praise.
      2. To whom much is forgiven, much love is expressed in the vehemence of one’s singing.