Monday, April 30, 2012

Sin's Sorrow

Sorrow of King David

Yes, our sins are forgiven, but we can't escape their consequences.  King David found this to be true.  Nathan the prophet confronted him with his sin: and in Psalm 51, he expresses his great sorrow.  A broken heart leads to repentance.   There will be consequences, but God will not, in his economy, waste them.  First time obedience to God is always right; but repentance, forgiveness and a broken relationship restored allows us to still be used for His glory.
Keith Green - Psalm 51 

2 Samuel 12:7-`10 (NIV)
Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10 Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.

Psalm 51[a]

For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.

Have mercy on me, O God,
    according to your unfailing love; 
according to your great compassion 
    blot out my transgressions. 
Wash away all my iniquity
    and cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my transgressions,
    and my sin is always before me. 
Against you, you only, have I sinned 
    and done what is evil in your sight; 
so you are right in your verdict
    and justified when you judge. 
Surely I was sinful at birth, 
    sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
    you taught me wisdom in that secret place.
Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
    wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. 
Let me hear joy and gladness; 
    let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins 
    and blot out all my iniquity.
10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 
11 Do not cast me from your presence 
    or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation 
    and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

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