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Summary: The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart These, O' God, you will not despise. Create in me a clean Heart O' God! A shorter version (Homily) of a Longer Message Titled "Create In Me A Clean Heart".

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Psalm 51 ... designated for today ... is one of the few psalms ... where we are given ... the historical background ... that led to writing of this Psalm.

The inscription reads, ..."A Psalm of David when Nathan the prophet came to him, ... after he had gone into ...Bathsheba."

That identifies clearly for us ...the incident out of which ... this psalm arose.

It was the time ... when David the king ... became involved in ... the double sin ... of adultery and murder.

And it is interesting ... that David himself... records this sin ... for us.

David entered into an adulterous relationship with Bathsheba.

Later, when he learned that she was expecting a child, ...he panicked ...and tried to cover up ...his actions.

David knew ... that ultimately ...his sin ...would be found out ...so he took ... another step.

Beloved ... That is always a trademark of sin ... it leads you on... deeper and deeper into its abyss, ...farther than you ever ... intended to go.

Before the king knew it, ... he found himself... forced into a desperate attempt... to cover up his evil.

He ordered Uriah, ... the husband of Bathsheba, ... to be put in the forefront of the battle ... where he would most certainly... be killed.

And when news of Uriah's death reached King David ... he thought ... he was off the hook, ... he had safely covered ... his sin.

But his sin continued ... to haunt him. (Pause)

Do you remember Edgar Allen Poe's story, ... "The Telltale Heart"?

In that story, ... the main character committed a murder ... and he buries the body of the victim ...in his basement.

Yet ... the murderer is unable to escape ... the haunting guilt... of his deed.

He begins to hear...... the heartbeat of his dead victim.

A cold sweat pours over him as that heartbeat goes on and on, ... relentlessly, growing louder and louder.

Eventually, ... it becomes clear ... To the reader...that the pounding which drove the man mad ...was not in the grave below ...but the beating ... in his own chest. (Pause)

You get the sense ...that is how David felt.

The guilt ...became unbearable.

Beloved ... Sin will haunt you ...and haunt you...and haunt you!

Yet...God loved David so much ...that he was not going to let him continue... to damage himself ... and his entire kingdom... by this hidden sin.

So, what did God do; ... God sent the prophet Nathan.

When David was confronted, ...he did not deny the sin ... he acknowledged ... the terrible sin.

He fell on his face before God ...and out of that experience of confession ...we received ...the beautiful ...51st Psalm.

And these infamous words contained therein:

BIBLE "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me." END (Psalm 51:10).

David does not say, ... "Change the way I behave."

He says, "Create ... Create in me... a clean heart ... a new heart."

It is not that behavior ... is unimportant.

It's just that we must start ... at the heart.

We are only going through the motions ... if our heart ...is not right with God.

Cleansing needs to begin ...it must begin... in the heart.

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