…Psalm 51 Death to David’s Son, Birth of Solomon

Psalm 51 helps us understand the heart of David and his allegiance to God after he so grievously sinned against God and all his family.

And when her mourning for Uhriah was over, David sent and brought Bathsheba to his house  and she became his wife… Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba, and he went to her and lay with her.   She gave birth to a son, and they named him Solomon.           2 Samuel 12:24

2 Samuel 12:15:25   David’s intense grieving, telling of David’s suffering over his sin and the death of his son.  It is one of the more moving passages in the Bible. David writes the 51st Psalm, though he had been assured that his sin was pardoned, prays earnestly for pardon and greatly laments his sin. He was willing to bear the shame of it and have it go ever before him.  David submitted to the will of God in the death of one child, and God made up the loss to his advantage, in the birth of another.  The way to see our our peace and comfort return back to us in tough situations , or the restoring of the loss made up some other way, is “cheerfully” to resign all to God.  God, by his grace, had ordered David’s new born son to be called Jedidiah–Beloved of the Lord.



1     Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness–
     According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions.
2    Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
3     For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.
4     Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight—
     That You may be found just when You speak, and blameless when You judge.
5     Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.
6     Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part
      You will make me to know wisdom.
7     Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8     Make me hear joy and gladness, that the bones You have broken may rejoice.
9     Hide Your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.
10     Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11     Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
12     Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
13     Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners shall be converted to You.
14     Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, the God of my salvation,
        And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.
15     O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Your praise.
16     For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering.
17     The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart—
        These, O God, You will not despise.
18     Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion; build the walls of Jerusalem.
19     Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness,
       with burnt offering and whole burnt offering, then they shall offer bulls on Your altar.