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Summary: David acknowledged and abhorred the causes of his storm, however, he appreciated the cure for his storm as well.

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SELF-INFLICTED STORMS

Psalm 51:1-19

Who suffered the most severe storm, Job or David?

Job's storm destroyed family, finances, friends, and threatened his faith.

However, David endured a more severe storm!

Job endured a Satan-inflicted storm;

David endured a "Self inflicted Storm."

Satan, indirectly, caused both storms.

He inflicted Job without his consent;

he inflicted David with his consent.

Both were inflicted with intense suffering.

Job, seemingly, lost more physical possession than David did. Satan killed all his family, except his wife, and she contributed considerably to his suffering.

Job suffered with an innocent conscious;

David suffered with guilt an inflamed conscious.

1. DAVID ACKNOWLEDGED THE CAUSE OF HIS STORM.

A. God’s Grace Produced Confronting Conviction. (v.1)

1) Confronting conviction produced humility. “Have mercy upon me”

2) Confronting conviction produced hopefulness. “According to thy loving kindness”

3) Confronting conviction produced honesty. “According to the multitude of thy mercies blot out my transgressions.”

B. God’s Grace Produced Convicted Confession. (v.2-5)

1) David described the depths of sin. (v.2)

2) David described the defilement of sin. (v.3)

2. DAVID ABHORRED THE CAUSES OF HIS STORM.

God caused David to stand where He stood and see what He saw.

That experience made David to acknowledge and abhor the causes of his storm.

A. David Prayed From A Revival Of Recognition. (v.4-6)

1) David recognized the repulsiveness of his sins. (v.4-5)

a) Their curse made them repulsive. (v.4)

b) Their causes made them repulsive. (v.5)

2) David recognized the remedy for his sins. (v.6)

a) He recognized where it heals. (v.6a)

b) He recognized what it heals. (v.6b)

B. David Prayed For A Revival Of Righteousness. (v.7-11)

1) David recognized what it required. (v.7)

2) David recognized what it relieved. (v.8-11)

Self-inflicted sins create serious pain.

a) It removed suffering. (v.8)

b) It removed separation. (v.9-11)

C. David Prayed For A Revival Of Restoration. (v.12)

David reacted to healing from the painful "Self-inflicted Storm," and restoration of "joy" in very informing, instructive, and inspiring ways.

3. DAVID APPRECIATED THE CURE OF HIS STORM.

The cure from a "Self-inflicted Storm" produced different reactions in David's heart.

A. David’s Appreciation Expressed An Adequate Witness. (v.13)

1) Its reason honored God. (v.13a)

2) Its results honored God. (v.13b)

B. David’s Appreciation Expressed Adoring Worship. (v.14-19)

1) Adoring worship involved deliverance. (v.14-15)

a) He asked for continued deliverance from his sins. (v.14)

b) He asked for complete deliverance from his silence. (v.15)

2) Adoring worship included dedication. (v.16-19)

a) His cure produced complete dedication. (v.16-17)

b) His cure produced compassionate dedication. (v.18-19)

Conclusion:

David’s loitering on a roof led to his looking, lusting, and losing compassion for God's people.

That eventually produced his "Self-inflected Storm."

God confronted and convicted David.

Confession became an ingredient in curing his "Self-inflicted Storm" and restoring his compassion.


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