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

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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.

c. NO EXCUSES (4)

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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