by Jerry Vines

The High Cost of Sin
Jerry Vines
Psalm 51

Psalm 51 is the account of David's prayer of confession after he had fallen into deep, dark, dreadful sin. I don't guess David ever imagined when he sinned that one day God would put it in a book for the whole world to read. He could never have known that his sin would one day be used to flash across the silver screen in movies.

Aren't you glad that when you and I sin God doesn't do that with our sins? When we confess our sins, God casts our sins into the depths of the sea. He covers our sin with His blood.

The account of David's sin is given to us in II Samuel 11. When you read that chapter you will find that David's sin was a series of events. It began with luxury. It went to lust, and it finally went to lying and to murder. You know the story. It is the story of David's affair with Bathsheba.

Isn't it a shame that when we think about David we think about his greatest victory and his greatest defeat? We think about his victory over Goliath, but we think about his sin with Bathsheba.

David committed a terrible, terrible sin. He tried to cover up that sin. The Bible says that when he saw Bathsheba, he went into her. He had an affair with her, and several weeks later he got a message from Bathsheba. It was four words which shattered his world. ''I am with child.'' Those four words were the words that shattered the world of David.

David tried to cover up his sin. You know the story. He called for her husband to come back from battle. He sent him back into battle and put him in the forefront of the fight. Uriah was murdered basically by David because David was trying to cover his sin. He went almost a year trying to cover up his sin.

There is a principle in the Bible which I want to underscore in your mind. In Proverbs 28, verse 13, the Bible says, ''He that covereth his sins shall not prosper, but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.''

Here is the principle in the Bible that we n ...

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