The Berean Expositor
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David could have no hope under the law of Moses. He stood doubly condemned.
Condemned by the law and condemned by his own judgment. Yet he was to hear the
gracious response to his confession given in verse 13:
"And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord. And Nathan said unto
David, The Lord also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die" (II Sam. 12: 13).
It was this that enabled David to throw himself upon the tender mercy and loving
kindness of the Lord (Psa. 51: 1) and to pray.
"Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, Thou God of my salvation; and my tongue
shall sing aloud of Thy righteousness" (Psa. 51: 14).
Here is a deliverance that was not provided by the law. Here is a righteousness
associated with the salvation that is beyond the law. Here David anticipated the doctrine
of the epistle to the Romans, as we learn from Paul himself, for Psa. 32: is connected
with the same event,
"Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth
righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they to whom the Lord will not impute
sin" (Rom. 4: 6-8).
David knew the God of Whom Isaiah wrote and Paul testified:
"A Just God and a Saviour."