Scripture Read: Psalm 51
Title: David's Prayer of Brokenness
(H) Highlight verse: "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, o God you will not despise." Psalm 51:17
(E) Explain: This is the prayer of David that he composes after the sin with Bathsheba is exposed. The king comes to the realization that he has sinned and he disries restoration and cleanshing but he also acknowledges that his cleansing and new life does not come through ritualistic means. Most people in this time knew that if they sinned they would just have to go through the rituals of cleansing and then they would feel alright with God. This is the ritual of religion… trying to do something for Go and ultimately not really doing anything to change or guard yourself from it happening again. David acknowledges what God truly desires of him...
(A) Application: In this Psalm we see the heart of a man who is truly broken and repentant. As I look over this Psalm I see four "plea's" from king David and they make for good application for us when we seek the forgivenness of God when sin has overtaken us in our lives.
(R) Respond: LORD, when I fall into sin, may I truly come to you in full repentance... Seeking mercy, repentance, and restoration. May I never become so prideful to where I cannot see my sinful ways and refuse to repent. May I continual have a broken and contrite heart before you.
Jeff has been in full-time ministry for thirty years. He currently serves as Executive Director at Anchor House Ministry at SeaPort Manatee in Palmetto, FL and he is a part-time Campus Pastor at West Bradenton Southside in Bradenton, Florida.
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