The King’s Song of Repentance (Psalm 51)

King David had everything going for him. Why did he walk out of the way of duty, choosing temptation over the will of God?

“Had he been now at his post at the head of his forces, he would have been out of the way of this temptation.

When we are out of the way of our duty we are in the way of temptation.”
—Matthew Henry

Psalm 51

Message title: King’s Song of Repentance (Psalm 51)
Fourth week of Summer Psalms and the seventh week of #RenewSummer with the Story Catechism
Scriptures: Psalm 51; 2nd Samuel 11-12
Preacher: Trevor Hanna
Date: 7/31/16

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“The more cheerful we are in our duty the more constant we shall be to it.” —Matthew Henry

These Psalms have a collection of themes, of emphases from God, to shape our prayers, which is one an important way in which the Father shapes our lives.

The twelfth chapter of the Story Catechism is focused on the Grace that God gives to His people through sending His Son, Jesus.

Jesus came to rescue us so that we could know him.
We can know Him because He gives us grace.
He gives us grace even though we don’t deserve it.
We don’t deserve it because of our sin, our rebellion.
Sin separates, but Jesus brings us back home with God.

Story Catechism

Scripture readings:

Psalm 51 (ESV)

Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.

51 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.

18 Do good to Zion in your good pleasure;
    build up the walls of Jerusalem;
19 then will you delight in right sacrifices,
    in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings;
    then bulls will be offered on your altar.

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