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Summary: Praise and a humble spirit characterize the passion of those who experience the ongoing forgiving power of God.

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The Passion of the Forgiven

Griffith Baptist Church – 4/19/09

P.M. Service

Text: Psalm 51:14-19

Key verse: Psalms 51:15 – O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall show forth thy praise.

Premise: Praise and a humble spirit characterize the passion of those who experience the ongoing forgiving power of God.

The Introduction

Sen. Mark Hatfield recounts the following history: James Garfield was a lay preacher and principal of his denominational college. They say he was ambidextrous and could simultaneously write Greek, with one hand and Latin with the other.

In l880, he was elected president of the United States, but after only six months in office, he was shot in the back with a revolver. He never lost consciousness. At the hospital, the doctor probed the wound with his little finger to seek the bullet. He couldn’t find it, so he tried a silver-tipped probe. Still he couldn’t locate the bullet. They took Garfield back to Washington, D.C. Despite the summer heat, they tried to keep him comfortable. He was growing very weak. Teams of doctors tried to locate the bullet, probing the wound over and over.

In desperation they asked Alexander Graham Bell, who was working on a little device called the telephone, to see if he could locate the metal inside the president’s body. He came, he sought, and he too failed. The president hung on through July, through August, but in September he finally died—not from the wound, but from infection.

The repeated probing, which the physicians thought would help the man, eventually killed him..

So it is with people who dwell too long on their sin and refuse to release it to God. - Roger Thompson

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When sin is forgiven and fully released, there is tremendous freedom.

There should also be a renewed sense of worship and belonging to God that drive us to please Him more and more.

There are three aspects to what should happen to you when you feel His loving hand of forgiveness.


1. Our Worship of God is More Powerful – 14-15

A. Deliverance from guilt brings peace and confidence in worship (14a)

i. When God forgive, He forgives completely

ii. He removes sin completely - Psalms 103:12 - As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

iii. His Son’s sacrifice made our sin completely forgivable - Hebrews 10:2, 10 - 2For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. 10By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

iv. He will never recall our sins again - Hebrews 10:17 - And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.

v. This is the product of a spiritual mind - Romans 8:6 - For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

B. There is the strong desire to proclaim worship of the one who has forgiven you (14b)

i. When God shows His mercy and forgiveness, there is a deep sense of thankfulness

ii. Psalms 86:12-13 - 12I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore. 13For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.

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