Psalm 51:1, “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. PS 51:2 Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. PS 51:3 For I know my transgressions and my sin is always before me. PS 51:4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight,… PS 51:12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. PS 51:13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you.
Yesterday we took a look at responding to confrontation. David pleaded for God’s mercy, cleansing, for God not to keep record (a heavenly rap sheet) He developed the godly sorrow he had of offending God personally.
Today let’s examine what David proclaimed he would do when he was forgiven.
Here David offers a prayer for a heart of wisdom and for full restoration to once again experience divine favor.
1. He first proclaimed that God would bring a restoration of joy. David would experience a breath of fresh air because God is in the business of restoration. Satan steals and kills lives, Christ gives it back and restores our relationship back with the Father. God’s displeasure with sin brings judgment, metaphorically described as broken bones, so His pleasure brings joy of heart. The joy is more than an emotional expression; it is a contented resting in God. Once again David will experience the security of having been reconciled with the Lord and of having peace with him.
Romans 5:1-2 reads, “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.” Peace with God is of great importance.
2. Secondly David shares that after he once again has that joy restored of salvation and peace with God that he would do something with it. David wasn’t just waiting around to die so he could be with the Lord. No, he felt a spiritual responsibility as king to teach transgressors (law breakers) God’s ways and cause sinners to turn back to the Lord. David knew what it was like on both sides of the fence, that is to say in God’s favor and out of God’s favor. But didn’t God love David you may ask? Yes, but God was sorely displeased with him. We see later in his life that God would not allow the son conceived in adultery to be born despite David’s fasting, and pleading with God.
Is our job any different? The moment you are born again (John 3:3), born of water and the spirit (John 3:5) you automatically become a missionary. Remember Jesus’ confrontation of the woman at the well in John 4? After she experienced her forgiveness the Scriptures record that she stirred up the whole town to come to Christ. Look at this spiritual baby missionary.
Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, "He told me everything I ever did." So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers.” (John 4:39-41) Only Christ can cause an ex-prostitute to bring a whole town to the Savior. Look at this new converts heart to reach her town.
Application: If you are not at peace with God, repent quickly. IF you are at peace with God then bring all those you know to Christ, the Savior they too so desperately need.
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