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Summary: Before we can be truly used by God we must get to a place of brokenness in our lives

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PRAYER OF A BROKEN HEART

Date: January 27, 2002

Place: Allendale Baptist

Text: Psalms 51:15-17

Introduction

Have you ever meet someone who was broken. I mean just down right, low down & broken. Maybe it’s you. Realizing the state of the ugliness of your sin, your lifestyle, and your disobedience to God. Just broken before God.

I believe this is where we find King David after being confronted by the prophet Nathan and exposing his sin of adultery with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband Uriah.

I believe God cannot truly us a person until he comes to God completely broken.

Some have called the 51st Psalm a prayer of repentance and this is so. But this morning let’s look at this prayer of a Broken Heart.

I. A Prayer For Forgiveness.

A. Read verse 1-2

B. Even though he had sinned, David knew that forgiveness was available based on God’s great love for us.

II. Prayer of Confession

A. Read verse 3-6

B. He confesses his sin

C. David refers to this in 3 different words.

1. Transgression- a breaking of the law.

2. Iniquity- a deviation from what is right.

a. I do believe all of us have a sense of right & wrong

b. People run from this responsibility

3. Sin- missing the mark. JESUS SET THE MARK… THE STANDARD..

D. David admits he has committed this sin against no one but God.

OTHERS MAY BE INVOLVED OR HURT BY THE SIN… BUT ULTIMATELY WE SIN AGAINST GOD!!!

E. Proverbs 28: 13; “He who covers his sin will not prosper but whoever confesses & forsakes them will have mercy.”

III. Prayer for Moral Cleanness

A. Read verse 7-12

B. When we repent with a broken heart, there is a spiritual cleansing.

C. In forgiveness God washes away sins stain.

D. This doesn’t mean there may not be a scar from sin.

IV. Prayer for Renewed Service

A. Read verse 13-17

B. With his sins confessed & forgiven, David is ready to live a converted life for his Lord.

C. His desire is to teach others sinners not to make the same mistakes.

D. His goal is to see sinners converted.

Two points of application.

1. True repentance comes by brokenness.

2. God can use the broken.

Story of the potter who made the beautiful pottery. When he found a crack in one of the pots he made, he would fill in the cracks with gold filling. The more cracks the more gold filling.

When you go before God broken He fills you with something more beautiful than gold. He fills you with Jesus.

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