Of Value Again
INTRODUCTION: Satan does not tempt us to do wrong things; he tempts us in order to make us lose what God has put into us by regeneration, the possibility of being of value to God. A key word in the Christian life to me: USEFULNESS.
2 Timothy 2:20-21, "But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work."
Even if common wood/clay basket normally used for waste, if cleansed, could become useful, even for a noble purpose.
It is believed that David went a year with his sin under-cover before Nathan uncovered with confrontation.
Proverbs 28:13, "He who covers his sins will not prosper,
But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy."
Ps. 51 is one of what's referred to as penitential psalm; 6-32-38-51-102-130-143. Ps. 51 is thought to be #4. It is referred to as a Psalm of Repentance or a Psalm of Lament. The lament form of the psalm suitably fits the spirit of contrition and prayer for restoration. You will find these two married in scripture. David does not just simply hate where sin has taken him, but he misses where he used to be. Gone are the questions.
What remains is:
1. A soul deeply aware of sin.
2. One as having offended God
3. A desperate need of God's grace that will display God's activity
Ps. 51 will deal with what it means to have:
? Crossed the line
? Missed the mark
? Yielded to sinful nature
? Rebelled willfully
This is a story of man who started well, messed-up, and came back. It's a story that portrays, "The Way Home."
It has been said that if we could remove 1 Kings 15:5 from our Bibles, things would be so different.
1 Kings 15:5, "because David did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, and ...
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