Summary: Caught in the act, what do we do? Follow the path that King David wlaked down as he repented of his sin against God.

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Sermon Title: A Soul Laid Bare

Scripture: Psalm 51:1-6

Wesleyan Community Church

Terry, Mississippi

Sunday Morning - January 6, 2002

Scripture Introduction:

We have all heard the expression, “Hands caught in the cookie-jar”. We have used that expression to describe the end-result of many illegal or unethical practices of politicians, corporate executives, and even a greater than expected number of religious leaders. They were caught “red-handed”. David is described as a man after God’s own heart, he is empowered by God, he is propelled by God to the pinnacle of success, and then what does he do. He forgets from whence he came, abandons his men on the battle field, gazes upon another man’s wife longingly, commits adultery and then has the woman’s husband killed to cover his tracks. Still he is caught in the very act, and for that matter the entire process is played out before the all-seeing eyes of our Father. David betrayed the trust of the Father who placed him in that position to begin with. David needs to make things right.

Please join me in reading Psalm 51:1-6

Scripture Reading:

1 <> Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. 4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest and be clear when thou judgest 5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. 6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

Sermon Introduction:

In these first few verses of David’s prayer of repentance, we find four basic requirements that apply to our relationship or in the case of those that are unfortunately lost, their lack of relationship.

First of all, there is Asking [for forgiveness] – we need to desire to make things right with God. If there is no desire on our part why should God extend his graciousness to us? No matter the lengths that may be used to attempt to change a sinners heart, the bottom line is that there will be no sin allowed before God’s presence. If someone is close to asking for forgiveness at the time of their end, they have had there chance and their eternity is set.

Secondly there is Admitting [our wrongs]. How many times have people admitted guilt simply to avoid a prolonged ritual of establishing guilt? At times we are guilty of badgering an altar call to the point where someone finally decides on the 10th time through “Just As I Am” that if they don’t go up the preacher will never clam up. There needs to be an honest heart-felt admission of guilt. Yes, I committed the transgression!

Thirdly, there needs to be the process of Acknowledging [our hopeless condition]. On our own, we stand no chance of ever redeeming ourselves. I don’t care how rich you are, I don’t care how talented you are, I don’t care how good you are. It comes down to this, IF YOU DON’T KNOW JESUS, THEN YOU ARE LOST! Now by knowing Jesus, I mean you need to do more than simply know how to spell His name. He is the only Son of God, born of the Virgin Mary, lived as a sinless man, persecuted, executed, and resurrected, then returned to sit at the right hand of the Father in Glory to return again to take His church home. IS THAT THE WAY YOU KNOW JESUS!

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