Summary: While we are not to live in a constant state of guilt, we should live in a constant state of awareness that when we offend our God with sin, we seek an honest and open confession to our God who instantly forgives. God is Good!
The Plea of the Repentant
Griffith Baptist Church – 4/5/09
Text: Psalm 51:1-6
Key verse: Psalms 51:2 – Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
Premise: While we are not to live in a constant state of guilt, we should live in a constant state of awareness that when we offend our God with sin, we seek an honest and open confession to our God who instantly forgives. God is Good!
In his retirement, Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia. Because Jefferson trusted that students would take their studies seriously, the code of discipline was lax. Unfortunately, his trust proved misplaced when the misbehavior of students led to a riot in which professors who tried to restore order were attacked. The following day a meeting was held between the university’s board, of which Jefferson was a member, and defiant students. Jefferson began by saying, “This is one of the most painful events of my life,” suddenly he was overcome by emotion, and burst into tears. Another board member asked the rioters to come forward and give their names. Nearly every one did. Later, one of them said, “It was not Mr. Jefferson’s words, but his tears.” Just like the student was moved by Jefferson’s brokenness, so is God by ours. When we are truly broken and sorry for our sins, this leads to repentance
In this particular Psalm, David has just been confronted by Nathan the Prophet, about his sin with Bathsheba, and his response to it.
This response is the reason David was a man after God’s own heart (1st Sam. 13:14)
Many have a warped idea of repentance:
• Some feel repentance is a way to get God off of their backs
• Others feel repentance is simply saying sorry because you got caught.
That is not the biblical idea of repentance
Here, in these first six (6) verses, we have an indication of what real repentance is.
1. The Reason for True Repentance
A. Because sin makes a person vile and corrupt – 2
i. Some years ago a remarkable picture was exhibited in London. As you looked at it from a distance, you seemed to see a monk engaged in prayer, his hands clasped, his head bowed. As you can nearer, however, and examined the painting more closely, you saw that in reality he was squeezing a lemon into a punch bowl!
What a picture that is of the human heart! Superficially examined, it is thought to be the seat of all that is good and nobel and pleasing in a man; whereas in reality, until regenerated by the Holy Ghost, it is the seat of all corruption. ’This is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather that light." Moody’s Anecdotes, p. 69
ii. Ephesians 4:22 - That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
iii. Sin is missing the mark of God’s standard - perfection
a. Sin of commission – doing what we are not supposed to do (Rom. 3:23; 6:23; Tit. 2:14)
b. Sin of omission – Failure to do what is right – James 4:17 - Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. (Rom. 14:23)