A True Confession

Pastor John Fenlason November 27, 2017 The Story

Psalm 51

Psalm 51:7-12 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Make me hear joy and gladness,
That the bones You have broken may rejoice.
Hide Your face from my sins,
And blot out all my iniquities.

10Create 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.

A Plea for Mercy (v. 1-2)

Psalm 51:1 Have mercy upon me, O God,
According to Your lovingkindness;
According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,
Blot out my transgressions.

David asked for mercy, not justice

An Acknowledgement of Wrongdoing (v. 3-4)

Psalm 51:3-4 For I acknowledge my transgressions,
And my sin is always before me.
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.

David admitted his sin rather than make excuses for his actions

A Recognition of a Sin Nature (v. 5-6)

Psalm 51:5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
And in sin my mother conceived me.

David recognized that he was a sinful person and needed God’s help

A Desire to Change (v. 7-12)

Psalm 51:9-10 Hide Your face from my sins,
And blot out all my iniquities.

10Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

David asked God to forgive his sin and help him change

A Response of Praise and Repentance (v. 13-18)

Psalm 51:13-17 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.

David’s response involved praising God and true repentance

 

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