Sacred Psalms: I Messed Up, Now What
Topic: Grace Passage: Psalm 51–51
Over the next eight Sundays, we are going to dive into nine selected chapters of the books of Psalms. The Psalms lead us through the peak and valleys of the human experience. It covers around 1,000 years of history ranging from the time of Moses to the time of Ezra in the fifth century BC. We see despair, desperate cries, the pouring out of confession, ecstatic praise and bubbling over of joy. It is real, raw, deep with expression and passion. The heart of David (a man after God's own heart), Asaph and other Psalmists come forth. As Jesus says in Matthew 12.34, From the overflow of the heart the mouth will speak. The 150 Psalms do just that. May we get into the heart of these Psalms praying as David does, Search Me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way (Psalm 139.22-24).
This week, we look at David’s prayer, Psalm 51, after he sins against Lord and how he responded. The example he provides for us by: 1) turning back to God, 2) praying for cleansing, 3) confessing our sin, 4) begging for renewing, and 5) giving the glory to God and spreading the news of His greatness.