Summary: Here’s a sermon about finding the forgiveness of our sins.
"GOD! PLEASE FORGIVE ME"
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.
Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
 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.
 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.
Let me begin by asking you a question:
Is it possible for a “born again” Christian¼
to commit adultery¼
to make a conscious effort to cover up sin¼
to be involved in a murder¼
to live in sin for a period of time?
Acts 13:22 calls David “a man after God’s own heart”.
There’s no doubt that David loved the Lord.
And he had a close relationship with the Lord.
He lived a life that was pleasing to the Lord.
But David was a human being.
He was subject to weaknesses and temptation.
Under the inspiration of God, Psalm 51 was written by David.
It’s how David felt after an old prophet named Nathan¼
Got up in David’s face¼
And forced him to confess his sins.
How did David get into a mess like this?
The demands of being king must have caught up with him.
He set aside all his morals, scruples, and ethics
to follow his selfish sexual desires.
David chose to ignore the warnings sent to him by God.
He looked with lust on Bathsheba as she took a bath.
He wanted her.
Even though God used a servant to remind David..
That she was another man’s wife¼
He had her brought to his palace.
Then David commited adultery with her.
Here’s the part of this story¼
that just amazes me.
2 Samuel 11: 4 says:
“and he lay with her, for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned into her house.”
Do you know what that’s all about?
Leviticus Chapter 15 says when a man and woman have sex¼
they must take a bath¼
and be considered “unclean” until evening.
So¼David wants to be sure they observe the ceremonial law.
He doesn’t want to send Bathsheba home “unclean”.
But he ignores Leviticus 18:20 which says:
“you shall not lie with your neighbor’s wife”
And he ignores what Deut 22:22 says:
“if a man lays with a woman married to a husband, then shall both of them die.”
That reminds us of many Christians¼.doesn’t it?
They bend over backwards to obey certain Bible commandments¼
And choose to ignore others¼like:
“This is my commandment, that ye love one another.”
Well, when Bathsheba told David she was pregnant,
he tried to cover his sin.
He had her husband Uriah brought home from battle.
But Uriah refused to sleep with his wife.
So David had him abandoned in the front lines of battle.
And Uriah was killed in battle.
Now, folks, This was no sin of impulse.
David planned and plotted to carry out his sin.
Then he put a lot of effort into concealing it.