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Psalm 51: Psalm Of The Restored Life (5 of 5)
Series: Psalms - Desiring God
Introduction: Few psalms have found as much use as Palm 51, the Psalm of the Pure Heart, a cleansing psalm. The psalm describes the occasion of King David's sin of adultery with Bathsheba, a dark moment in the life of a great man. God forgave David but there were consequences for his violation of God's laws. The message of the psalm is clear: the worst and vilest offender can be forgiven if they will turn with humility to God and confess their sins and receive God's mercy. A broken spirit God will not reject. In this psalm, one year after his sin David cries out to God.
2 Samuel 12:13 So David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the Lord." And Nathan said to David, "The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die.
I. INTRODUCTION TO PSALM 51
A. TITLES OF PSALM 51
1. Psalm of Confession
2. Psalm of Brokenness
3. Psalm of Restoration
4. Psalm of Cleansing
5. Psalm of Hope
6. Psalm of Repentance
7. Psalm of Unconditional Love
B. PSALM 51 BACKGROUND
This psalm is written from David's moral failure with Bathsheba, his great fall. It is a dark moment in the life of a great person and shows that God responds to those who humble themselves, admit their wrong, ask forgiveness, and receive the unfailing love of God.
C. PSALM 51 PRAYER
This is a prayer appealing to God's love and compassion as the broken person petitions the Lord to forgive, show grace, and create a new life and a new future. It is the prayer of a desperate person, a prayer that God hears and responds to.
D. PSALM 51 IS WRITTEN FOR PEOPLE WHO…
1. Have hidden failures
2. Have a broken life
3. Have given up on themselves
4. Have guilt and shame
5. Have lost their joy
6. Have stepped over the line
7. Have turned to God
II. THE SIN PROBLEM ACKNOWLEDGED
Psalm 51:1-2 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to ...
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