David repents: Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God (Psalm 51)

God knows the worst about David, and wants the best for him. God refused to walk away from His son. That is steadfast love. 

“It’s not the long walk home that will change this heart, but the welcome I receive and a new start.” —Mumford & Sons

As we continue through the EPIC Story of God, we encounter these characters who teach us about Grace. Last week we looked at David, the shepherd boy who would become king, and all the twists and turns and trials to prepare his character for that great role and place in history. Jesus is the rightful “Son of David,” the descendent who came to do God’s will and sit on the throne to rule the nation and world.

But there’s more to David’s story, and that’s what we consider in this message. David was a great man, who loved God, yet he suffered from “affluenza.”

David repents

Message title: David repents: Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God
Week 15 of EPIC series (following the Hero of God’s Story)
Scriptures: 2nd Samuel 11; Psalm 51
Preacher: Jeff Patterson
Date: 5/4/14

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Scripture reading: Psalm 51:1-17

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba (2nd Samuel 11).

51:1 Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin!

For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you may be justified in your words
and blameless in your judgment.
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being,
and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will return to you.
14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God,
O God of my salvation,
and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.
15 O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;
you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

See related message David: A Long Obedience in God’s Direction

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