Summary: Bible Study Getting right with the Lord Forgivness of sin Robert Rimes
Spiritual Renewal Psalm 51:10-17. When you have wandered away from God. How can you return to loving Him wholeheartedly?
This is a question David faced. When the prophet Nathan exposed the king’s sin. Tradition holds that David composed Psalm 51 after recognizing his guilt. Let’s look at what this psalm reveals about renewing our devotion to God. Read Psalm 51:10-17. 1.Ask the Lord to cleanse your heart & renew your spirit Psalms 51:10-12 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. What sin weighed heavily on David? 2 Samuel 12:7-9 And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; And I gave thee thy master’s house, and thy master’s wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things. Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon. Read the psalmist’s request in Psalm 51:10. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Here, David asked God for a spirit of righteousness & integrity as opposed to one of hypocrisy and deceit. Why is it that only the Lord can create a clean heart in us? Before Christ’s death & resurrection. The Holy Spirit rested on people only temporarily according to Ps. 51:11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. David had seen the Spirit depart from King Saul in 1 Samuel 16:14 But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him. Today, the Spirit of God may be grieved by sin according to Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God,whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. It may even withdraw to the point where we do not sense His presence or communication with us. In spite of the fact that we don’t always sense the Spirit’s presence. Then what assurance do we have that He is always with us as followers of Christ? See Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said,I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. What should we do upon realizing that we have sinned?
See 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. David wrote, “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation” Psalms 51:12 Why do you think a lifestyle of sin robs us of the joy of our salvation?
2.Anticipate experiencing the Lord’s goodness & mercy Psalms 51:13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. What did David feel would be the result if God answered his cry? Verse 13 and sinners shall be converted unto thee. John Gill’s commentary says that this verse seemingly refers to God’s people. Who have wandered from His ways. Rather than to non-believers who need conversion. The sense here is that because David was pardoned. He would teach others how merciful & gracious the Lord is. What does Isaiah 55:7 reveal about how God responds to repentant sinners? “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” Does your perception of the Lord’s character line up. With the description given in Isaiah? If you have a hard time believing it, why do you think that is?