Summary: David gives us five steps of repentance in his prayer.

I. Introduction

a. David’s Sin with Bathseba

b. Nathan’s rebuke of David

c. Read the Superscript.

d. Five Steps of Repentance

II. Step One: Confession (1-4)

a. Appeal to God’s Mercy “Loving Kindness”

b. David knew his Sins and knew whom his sins were against.


III. Step Two: Forgiveness (5-9)

a. David asked God to for give him

b. “Purify me with Hyssop”

i. The word “purify” literally means “unsin”

ii. Hyssop- used for ritual cleansing of persons healed of leprosy.

IV. Step Three: Restoration (10-13)

a. David prayed for restoration. He knew he needed more than just forgiveness.

V. Step Four: Worship (14-17)

a. In true repentance we should worship God for what he has done for us.

VI. Step Five: Leadership (18-19)

a. David prayed for his role as a King.

b. We should pray for our roles as father, mother, deacon,

c. Burnt offerings were the way they repented from their sins.

VII. Conclusion

a. Today it is not a burnt offering that will make you right with God.

b. The Five steps

i. Confession – 1 John 1:9

ii. Forgiveness – Colossians 2:13

iii. Restoration – 2 Corinthians 5:17

iv. Worship – Romans 12:1

v. Leadership – Ephesians 4:1

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