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#752 September 24, 1989 A.M.
(Transcribed from actual tape)
THE HOSTAGE RELEASED - PART 1
There'll be one the pew rack there. It's a good time to start opening your Bible
as we study. It's needed; it helps; it nails down. You've got the visual as
well as you've got the auditory. It's helpful. So you look in your pew rack -
turn to the middle of your Bible and you'll find Psalm 51. If you didn't bring
one, look on with someone there next to you. They'll be happy to share it with
you. Let's pray together.
Our Heavenly Father, we're here in Thy house this morning to do
business with Thee. We need a sense of Thy presence; we need to
know that Thou art, not only God, but Thou art a God who loves and
cares, who visits with His people. Lord, You speak. Let me get out
of the way so that Thy word and Thy truth may be heard, it may be
received, it may be understood and Lord, with the power of Thy Holy
Spirit. 0, Lord, may Thy word be applied into our lives for we pray
through Jesus Christ, our Living Lord. Amen.
Now you have your Bibles open. I want you to look there at the superscription
or the introduction to this Psalm. It is a part of the text. Psalm 51. It
says to the chief musician, a Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto
him, after he had gone into Bathsheba. Now these words of introduction tell us
that three people were involved in this Psalm. And we need all three people to
understand the meaning and the context of this Psalm. The first person was
David, the writer of the Psalm, the King of Israel. Now Psalm 51, by the way,
is the greatest of the Penitential Psalms. There are several that were penned
by David, but none is greater or better known that this particular Psalm. I
personally believe it's the most dramatic and passionate prayer in all of the
Old Testament. So, to understand it, we have to know that David wrote this
Psalm and we have to know when David wrote this Psalm and that was the mention
of Bathshe ...
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