Psalm 51, New Living Translation
For the choir director: A psalm of David, regarding the time Nathan the prophet came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.
1 Have mercy on me, O God,
because of your unfailing love.
Because of your great compassion,
blot out the stain of my sins.
2 Wash me clean from my guilt.
Purify me from my sin.
3 For I recognize my rebellion;
it haunts me day and night.
4 Against you, and you alone, have I sinned;
I have done what is evil in your sight.
You will be proved right in what you say,
and your judgment against me is just.
5 For I was born a sinner--
yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.
6 But you desire honesty from the womb,
teaching me wisdom even there.
7 Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Oh, give me back my joy again;
you have broken me--
now let me rejoice.
9 Don’t keep looking at my sins.
Remove the stain of my guilt.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God.
Renew a loyal spirit within me.
11 Do not banish me from your presence,
and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and make me willing to obey you.
13 Then I will teach your ways to rebels,
and they will return to you.
14 Forgive me for shedding blood, O God who saves;
then I will joyfully sing of your forgiveness.
15 Unseal my lips, O Lord,
that my mouth may praise you.
16 You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one.
You do not want a burnt offering.
17 The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit.
You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.
18 Look with favor on Zion and help her;
rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you will be pleased with sacrifices offered in the right spirit--
with burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings.
Then bulls will again be sacrificed on your altar.
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I. The ________________ of sin. (Psalm 51:1-3; 32:3-4)
A. ____________ creates tension between the need to conceal and the need to ____________.
II. The ________ of sin.
A. Notice the deceptive way in which David is __________ into ________. (John 8:44; Matthew 26:41;
II Corinthians 11:14)
III. The ____________ of sin. (vs. 3)
A. The ravaging ____________ of sin before it runs its course. (James 1:14-15)
IV. The ________________________ for sin. (vs. 1-5; Exodus 32:24)
A. We often excuse _______________ and accuse ___________.
B. David honestly ________________ his sin and took full ________________________ for it!
Iniquity means to ________ or pervert that which is good.
Transgress means to ________ deliberately against God.
Sin means to miss the ________.
V. The ____________ for sin. (vs. 1-2; 9-10; 12)
A. David did not just want to be ____________. He wanted the ________ of his salvation
________________. (vs. 16-17)
B. When David turned to God in confession and repentance, he experienced ____________. (Acts 3:19)