“O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.”
When reading Psalm 51, I think we often think about how horrible the sin was that David committed. Psalm 51 is David’s prayer to God once the prophet pointed out that he had sinned. We know how horrific David’s sin was in that he not only committed adultery with Bathsheba, but he also put a contract on her husband’s life and had him killed so that he could cover his sin. Maybe the fact that he walked away as if nothing happened until the prophet pointed out his sins shows the coldness of his heart.
Though the sin of David was terrible, the result of what his sin did to him is worse. When you read this psalm, you can see several horrible things that sin did to him. In verse 3, sin made him dirty and left its stain on his life. In verse 4, his sin was not just against himself and mankind, but his sin was against God. In verse 6, sin caused him to live a lie instead of showing the truth that was within him. In verse 8, sin took the joy and gladness from his life. In verse 10, sin gave him a guilty spirit, and it destroyed his right spirit. In verse 11, sin caused him to leave the presence of God, and it took God’s power from his life.
However, though every one of these things that happened to David because of his sin are terrible, I believe the worst thing about David’s sin was that it kept him from telling others how to get saved. In verse 13, you will notice that David said if God would forgive him that he would “…teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.” David said in the verse above, “open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.” The worst thing about David’s sin is that it prevented him from talking about the LORD. The worst thing about David’s sin is that it kept him from telling others how to get saved.
My friend, sin does a lot of things to an individual that they often don’t think about when they choose to do it, but the fact that sin would keep you from telling others how to be saved is probably the worst thing about sin. The reason I believe this is the worst thing about sin is because all of these other consequences will never keep you from going to Heaven, but the fact that you won’t tell others how to get saved will keep others from going to Heaven. You may surmise that you are willing to live with the consequences of sin for the rest of your life, but have you considered the eternity that many will face because you never tell them how to get saved? Sin does far more than affect the quality of your life; it affects the eternity of those you never tell how to get saved because you’re so busy living your life in sin. I know when a person is in sin that they don’t think about others, but could you at least consider how many people will go to Hell because you choose to let sin keep you from telling others how to get saved?
Let me take this thought one step further. You may not be committing what anyone would call “deep sin,” but it is just as wicked not to tell others how to get saved because you are too busy or just don’t want to be a soul winner. My friend, you can look at others who are living in sin and condemn them for the “wickedness” of their sin, but let me remind you that the sin of not telling others how to get saved is just as wicked as any of the “horrible” sins that David committed. Let me encourage you to weekly tell people how to get saved so that you are not guilty of committing his horrible sin.