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PSALM 51 PRAYER OF REPENTANCE Background This is a prayer of confession of David We all know David David was a man close to God yet he sinned gravely Once he saw a beautiful woman bathing named Bathsheba Bathsheba was already married to Uriah Nevertheless David took her in and committed adultery To make matters worst David plotted the death of Uriah See II Samuel 112-27 So indirectly David also committed the sin of murder God was very angry and sent the prophet Nathan to rebuke David David realized how dreadfully he had sinned confessed and asked forgiveness from God This psalm shows how deep his repentance was how he cried out to God how much he valued the forgiveness of God A vv 1-6 True Repentance v 1 What are the usual reactions a man has after he has sinned Contrast with the reaction of David in this Psalm Some blame others David could have blamed Bathsheba for tempting him Some give all sorts of excuses Some try to avoid God David could have tried to avoid God by refusing to see prophet Nathan Some try to give offerings to God hoping to take away Gods anger like giving more contributions etc But David did not do any of the above A true Christian has only one recourse and that is to cry out like David in verse 1 Lord have mercy on me vv 3-4 When a man wants forgiveness what are the necessary conditions He must know that he has sinned v 3 He must specify what sin he has committed v 4 commit this sin before Thine eyes v 4 When we confess our sins we often say generally Lord forgive all my sins but if we are not clear on what those sins are how can we be forgiven B vv 7-19 Forgiveness vv 7-15 When a mans sin had been forgiven what are results in his life
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