Sermons from Grace Baptist Church
Psalm 51-2
Statement of Faith
Psalm 50
Psalm 51-1
Psalm 51-2
Psalm 52
Psalm 53
Psalm 54
Psalm 55
Psalm 56
Psalm 57
Psalm 58
Psalm 63
Therefore, Remember Who You Were, and what God has given
I, Paul, a prisoner
We all have our stewardship
Brighten the Corner Where We Are.
Do Not Lose Heart
Doing and Becoming
Who Are You Following?

Introduction

Two weeks ago we looked at this Psalm from the aspect of our natural reaction to sin and the reaction of David to his sin

This week we will look a little closer at the Psalm and consider these aspects of the Psalm: Looking at verse 17

Psalms 51:17 (NKJV)

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

Contrition

Looking at verses 3 & 4

Psalms 51:3-4 (NKJV)

For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is always before me. {4} Against You, we only, have I sinned, And done this evil in Your sight; That we may be found just when we speak, And blameless when we judge.

Confession

Looking at verses 7 - 10

Psalms 51:7-10 (NKJV)

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. {8} Make me hear joy and gladness, That the bones we 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.

And cleansing

Body

Lets begin with the background

Being king must have gone to David's head.

He may have thought himself above even the Law of God.

He set aside all his morals, scruples, and ethics to follow the way of his selfish desire.

He looked with lust on Bathsheba as she bathed; he had her brought to his palace and engaged in an adulterous alliance with her.

Then when she told him she was pregnant, he tried to cover his sin by having her husband Uriah brought home from battle for some R&R.

Uriah refused the luxury of sleeping at home so David had him abandoned in the front lines of battle where he was killed

This was no sin of ignorance

This was no sin of impulse.

David wasn't just caught up in circumstances beyond his control.

He planned and plotted to carry out his sin in a cold and calculated way and he put great effort into concealing it.

This Psalm reveals David's folly and restoration.

It is the Psalm of the changed heart.

David's story could be told and retold under a hundred different scenarios.

Maybe this Psalm relates one of our own stories.

This morning let me relate a situation that parallels and illustrates the universal process of spiritual recovery.

When he was just 19, Al Johnson had joined two other men in robbing a Kansas bank.

The case was closed after the two other criminals were killed in an automobile accident and were identified by bank officials as the robbers.

Al felt sure he would never be caught. He married a Christian girl and even pretended to be a Christian. She knew nothing of his past crime.

Then someone mailed him a tract entitled, "God's Plan of Salvation." Reading it, he noticed the Bible verse that said, "whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved." The realization struck that salvation was for him. He could be forgiven and his conscience set free.

The guilt of his crime accused him, the cowardice of hiding his crime shamed him. He realized his guilt and hated it.

That is the first step in having a changed heart.

David took it, and so must every one caught up in sin.

What is the first step to a changed heart?

Contrition. As we said in verse 17.

Psalms 51:17 (NKJV)

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

David spoke of a broken and contrite heart.

The word for "contrite" means to be bowed down with the awareness of our spiritual bankruptcy.

That our inner spirit is crushed with a sense of its guilt.

That we have a genuine and deep sorrow for our rebellion against God and a determined desire to do differently.

A contrite heart

Does not seek to rationalize, explain, excuse, defend or justify sin.

Does not try to fool God, others or self.

It does recognize that God demands truth and honesty.

Does not mean merely feeling bad or remorseful about sin!

Does not seek to blame circumstances, other people or God for our own failure.

Remember Adam saying, in

Genesis 3:12 (NKJV)

"The woman whom we gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate."

And Eve pointed to the serpent and said in

Genesis 3:13 (NKJV)

The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."

Boy can't we just hear David doing something like that?

Blaming God or blaming Bathsheba: "Lord, if we hadn't made me king I wouldn't have been walking on the palace roof in the first place. And besides, did we see what she wasn't wearing?"

Some ladies might say, "Well, Lord, if we were married to this jerk, you'd cheat too!"

Or "It's not my fault, the boss is so cheap I have to steal from the company to survive!"

Or, "If I didn't have such terrible neighbors, I wouldn't lose my temper as much!"

A contrite heart recognizes that sin is:

A spiritual crime since it is a violation of God's laws.

An offense against all that is decent and moral and right.

Rebellion, disobedience, and stubbornness of heart.

When we become aware of our sins, iniquities and transgressions, and are contrite, we need to know that God isn't interested in empty apologies.

God doesn't want cheap promises or resolutions.

God cares nothing for our efforts to balance evil with a little more good.

God desires a broken and contrite heart which is the true sacrifice of one who determines to turn from sin, to forsake sin, and to abandon it.

Al Johnson became convicted of sin, was contrite, humbled his heart and decided to truly forsake his sin and to follow Jesus Christ.

When he did, his life changed. He stopped a lifelong habit of lying and cheating.

And after much thought and prayer he confessed his crime.

His confession made television newscasts and newspaper headlines.

Honest acknowledgment of sin is an essential in our own lives, too, and it was another step in David's reclamation.

What is the next step in having a changed heart? Confession

But, before we go into this point of confession, Lets go back to Verse 17

Psalms 51:17 (NKJV)

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

The sacrifices - The means of worship is a broken and contrite heart

This is one pure, holy, and acceptable sacrifice to God

It is one prerequisite to worship

And now to Psalm 51:3 - 4 and our next point

Confession

Psalms 51:3-4 (NKJV)

For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is always before me. {4} Against You, we only, have I sinned, And done this evil in Your sight; That we may be found just when we speak, And blameless when we judge.

There are two sides to his confession:

He confessed to himself: "I know, I am acquainted with, I recognize my sin!

I cannot deny it

I cannot escape it

And I cannot forget it.

The memory haunts me

The devil accuses me

The sin taunts me

And it is always before me.

Then David confessed to God: "Against we only have I sinned."

Along with his admission of guilt is a confession of God's correctness and justice in judging him for his sin.

David makes no plea

For indulgent lenience or permissiveness

No claim that God is being too hard on him

No appeal for a light sentence.

Simply put, it is, "I am wrong, we are right!"

Genuine confession demands:

A right estimate of sin.

It is not a mistake, or a slip, or mischief.

A right attitude to sin.

A loathing, a disgust, a disapproval.

A right conduct with regard to sin.

A forsaking of and a determined renunciation of sin.

1 John 1:9 is the clearest passage in Scripture concerning confession and forgiveness

1 John 1:9 (NKJV)

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

The Greek word translated confess in this verse is the word homologos

Homo means same

Logos means word

In essence it means to say the same thing about sin as God does

It also means that we agree with God that it is wrong

That it is horrendous

That it is rebellion

And that it deserves punishment

Remember the definition of contrite heart?

The word for "contrite" means to be bowed down with the awareness of our spiritual bankruptcy.

That our inner spirit is crushed with a sense of its guilt.

That we have a genuine and deep sorrow for our rebellion against God and a determined desire to do differently.

This sacrifice is a prerequisite to confession

A broken and a contrite heart and confession are prerequisite to true worship

This brings us to the cross of Christ.

At the cross, we do not hide our sins, but confess them and trust the Savior to wipe them away.

Solomon said in

Proverbs 28:13 (NKJV)

He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.

To confess demands honesty

In Isaiah 6:5 the prophet when faced with the vision of God said

Isaiah 6:5 (NKJV)

"Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips

The tax collector in Luke 18:13 said,

Luke 18:13 (NKJV)

'God, be merciful to me a sinner!'

Paul declared in 1 Timothy 1:15

1 Timothy 1:15 (NKJV)

This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.

Al Johnson, convicted of sin, converted to Christ, went and tried to make things right with the state by confessing his crime.

As it turned out, under a Kansas statute of limitations, he was set free.

There was no penalty that could legally attach to him for his crime.

David experienced something even better than that.

And there is something even better for the Christian.

There is forgiveness, justification, salvation.

And so, going to Psalm 51: 7 - 10, let's consider, then, our last point

Cleansing

Psalms 51:7-10 (NKJV)

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. {8} Make me hear joy and gladness, That the bones we 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.

David said, "Purge me, purify me, wash me."

The words he uses imply a thorough scrubbing.

One pictures an pioneer mother with her child at the sink scrubbing him until his skin literally shines and squeaks.

He said, "Blot out my iniquities."

It is the image of erasure where a mark is totally obliterated, wiped away and removed.

He said, "Create in me a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within me."

David knew the inclination of one's heart to evil.

He knew that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

He knew that "The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked

It was not David's desire, nor God's intent, to gloss over or to wink at or to indulge sin.

Sin had to go.

It is not while we indulge, or excuse, or conceal sin, but when we have experienced God's cleansing that we can know the joy of His salvation.

Sometimes we have TV infomercial trying to sell us some "Miracle Cleaner" that will remove everything from berry stains to tattoos.

Never works!

But God has a cleanser that never fails 1 John 1:7

1 John 1:7 (NKJV)

the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

The all sufficient blood of Christ cleanses

All sin

All the time

All people

Always

Conclusion

In a sense, the statute of limitations had cleansed all Al of punishment.

Yet, although he was beyond the scope of law to punish him, he still chose to repay his share of the stolen funds to the bank.

In time he became the manager of a service station, the father of three admiring children, and an outstanding Christian layman.

But he didn't do that alone. David couldn't do it alone.

Someone once said, "Man cannot cope with guilt alone.

I don't care how many worship services we attend or good deeds we do, our goodness is insufficient. we can't be good enough to deserve forgiveness.

No one. Not you, not me, not anyone.

We must quit trying to quench our own guilt. we can't do it. There's no way. ... I don't care how bad we are.

We can't be bad enough to forget it.

And I don't care how good we are.

We can't be good enough to overcome it.

We need a Savior."

And, for those who come to Jesus Christ in contrition and confession, He is that savior.

When we come to Him He will cleanse our hear

When we allow Him transform us we experience the joy of our salvation

Contrition, Confession, and cleansing

These are the promises of Psalm 51

Take it to your heart

Prayer Is Powerful.

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