by Jerry Vines

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In The Mercy Place (4 of 8)
Series: Where Psalms Are Written
Jerry Vines
Psalm 51

I am in a series which I am calling, Where Psalms are Written. I'm drawing from the life of David some of these historical circumstances which God used to bring these psalms to pass. God uses these psalms to speak to us out of David's experiences because the experiences David had are oftentimes the experiences you and I also have. I just couldn't pass over Psalm 51 and I'm calling this psalm ''In the Mercy Place.'' If ever a man needed to be in the mercy place it was David. All of us need to be in the mercy place. This is where David finds himself. Maybe you are in a particular point in your life where you need God's mercy in your life.

Psalm 51 is David's prayer of confession after he had gone into the deep, dark, dreadful sin of the Bathsheba affair. David never imagined when he sinned that one day his sin would be put in a book for the whole world to read. Aren't you glad God doesn't do our sins that way? When you and I confess our sins He covers our sins with His blood. He casts them into the depths of the sea. He puts them behind His back and He remembers them no more.

But the Bathsheba affair in the life of David has to be one of the most sordid affairs ever recorded in the history of man. Here was a man who knew the Lord. A man who was a man after God's own heart. In fact, the Bible says that when David was anointed king that the Spirit of God came upon David from that day forward. Yet, into the life of David there came a traveler, there came a sin that just came through like a traveler and when it was over David found himself in need of a mercy place.

David got a four-letter message from Bathsheba that changed his life and world forever. She sent him the message, ''I am with child.'' Never again was David's life the same. He tried for a long time to cover his sin. But there is a principle that all of us need to understand. It is the principle that the sins w ...

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