Sorrowful yet always rejoicing

Our choir is preparing to sing an anthem based on Psalm 51.  Although I had forgotten the number of the Psalm, I know a lot of it by heart, and several of its phrases often appear in my prayers.

In recent years I became acquainted with this older adaptation of the same Psalm.  I love everything about it.  Here is one version:

In a very good exposition about Psalm 51, John Piper says this:
” What makes a Christian is not that he doesn’t sin, or not that he doesn’t sin and feel rotten about it.   What makes a Christian is the connection that discouraged people and sinful and guilt ridden people have with Jesus, and how they think and feel about their discouragement and their guilt ridden conscience…We learn from the Psalms how to think about sin, and how to feel in times of guilt ridden crushed misery…Psalm 51 is the description of the subjective experience of appropriating that objective reality [of sin].”
Piper gives two warnings:
Avoid thinking two things:  You will ever get past ‘a broken and contrite heart’ in this life; and a broken spirit means you are not joyful.” And then he quoted Jonathan Edwards:

“All gracious affections that are a sweet aroma to Christ are broken-hearted affections.  A truly Christian love, either to God or men is a humble, broken-hearted love.  The desires of the saints, however earnest, are humble desires.  Their hope is a humble hope and their joy, even when it is unspeakable, full of glory, is a humble, broken-hearted joy.”

I thought these 55 minutes were some of the best I’ve spent.


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