Time to Pray

Psalms 51

1. Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions.

2. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin.

3. For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is ever before me.

4. Against You, You only, have I sinned, And done this evil in Your sight That You may be found just when You speak, And blameless when You judge.

5. Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me.

6. Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.

7. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

8. Make me to hear joy and gladness, That the bones which You have broken may rejoice.

9. Hide Your face from my sins, And blot out all my iniquities.

10. Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

11. Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

12. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me with Your generous Spirit.

13. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners shall be converted to You.

14. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, The God of my salvation, And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.

15. O Lord, open my lips, And my mouth shall show forth Your praise.

16. For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering.

17. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart These, O God, You will not despise.

18. Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion; Build the walls of Jerusalem.

19. Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, With burnt offering and whole burnt offering; Then they shall offer bulls on Your altar.

 

This passage reflects both the worse of times and the best of times.

David had brought such a dark blot upon his own name and on the name of his God.

He had committed adultery and to cover it up he committed murder, causing even others to die.

Finally after almost a year, David is confronted with his sin by Nathan the prophet of God.

It is then that David confess his sin and seeks God's mercy and forgiveness. All of which God inspires David to write in a Psalm, Psalm 51.

There are several things I want us to notice from this psalm today.

  1. David makes a full confession
    1. He confesses his sin.
      1. For I acknowledge my transgressions,
      2. And my sin is ever before me.
      3. Against You, You only, have I sinned, And done this evil in Your sight
      4. Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me.
    2. We must confess.
      1. Prov. 28:13. He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.
      2. We grow up learning to cover up and not confess.
      3. But God will not bless us if we have sin in our lives.
      4. Psalms 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear.
    3. What do you think of David's confession.
    4. He doesn't say Lord if I have done anything.
      1. They man who couldn't think of any sin was told to guess and he guessed it the first time.
  2. David pleads for mercy.
    1. Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions.
    2. He doesn't promise to make it right.
    3. He knows that God is merciful and forgives those who will humble themselves before God.
  3. He pleads with God to change him instead of vowing to do it in his own strength.
    1. 7. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
    2. Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
    3. 8. Make me to hear joy and gladness, That the bones which You have broken may rejoice.
    4. 10. Create in me a clean heart, O God,
    5. And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
    6. 12. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
    7. And uphold me with Your generous Spirit.
    8. 14. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, The God of my salvation,
    9. 15. O Lord, open my lips, And my mouth shall show forth Your praise.
  4. David understood what God wanted from us more than anything else.
    1. 16. For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering. 17. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart These, O God, You will not despise.
    2. Martha chose service but Jesus said that Mary had chosen the best part.
      1. That was simply to sit at Jesus feet and listen to Him.
      2. It is not that service is not important, but without fellowship with God service becomes a drudgery and a burden.

Lord help us today. We come to confess our sins. We spend all our time our our own things and we give you so little yet we call ourselves servants. We take of all the blessings you give us and we spend them on ourselves but yet we consider our selves generous.

We are so lukewarm in our worship although you deserve much more. We have wrong feelings toward those we disagree with. We criticize others while we make excuses for our own sins.

Lord help us to see our true condition. Help us to realize what our needs are. Make us to seek your blessings above all others. 

 This message was preached at FBC Toulon,

by Albert Harmon. See it at http://toulonbaptist.com