October 15, 2000
Volume 10, Number 42

The Remedy for Sin

If anything positive came out of that "sinful period" (2 Samuel 11) in David's life, it was Psalm 51. The king had separated himself from God, he was lonely, guilt-ridden, tormented by conscience and filled with fear. And with good reason - he had given in to lust, committed adultery, engaged in deception and murdered Bathsheba's husband, Uriah. Following Nathan's indictment and rebuke (2 Samuel 11:1-12), as well as his own initial expression of guilt and sorrow (2 Samuel 11:13), David penned what is considered by many to be the most heart-searching of the penitential psalms." It is his lament-a sort of "self-diagnosis" of his own spiritual affliction, as well as a desperate cry for relief.

Notice WHERE HE WENT -- to God (vv. 1-4)

For mercy—"according to the multitude of Your tender mercies" denoted the vastness of the Father's loving kindness. (v. 1)
For cleansing—words like "blot out," wash," and "cleanse," suggested David's desire for his soul to be washed as filthy garments might be laundered. (v. 2)
With confession—he had tried to force his sins out of his memory, but they tortured him... "my sin is ever before me." Therefore, it was necessary that he articulate them to God. (v. 4)
In faith—while he realized that he would inevitably give an account for his misdeeds, David trusted in God's perfect righteousness. (v.4)

When we suffer with transgression, iniquity and sin-sickness (vv. 1-3), we too, like David, must go to God, for none other can grant us healing except Him. (cf. Psalm 30:2, 107:20; Jeremiah 33:6; Malachi 4:2; Mark 2:17).

Notice HOW HE FELT -- sickly (vv. 6-9).

David felt overwhelmed by his sins, having been conceived in a sinful environment (v. 5,- cf. Matthew 19:1-4). He felt like he had been living a lie (v. 6), dirty (v. 7, cf Matthew 23:27-28), sad and broken (v. 8), and guilty of perverting the right (v. 9). David felt spiritually ill and he couldn't sleep until he started taking the Great Physician's prescription.

Wrongdoing also ought to torment our consciences and make us restless until we have made things right with heaven (cf. 2 Corinthians 7:10, 1 Peter 3:21). We can't get better until we first recognize that we're ailing.

Notice WHAT HE LONGED FOR -- wholeness (vv. 10-14).

David desired a fresh startcleansing and renewal (v. 10), intimacy as well as the Holy Spirit's presence (v. 11), restoration (v. 12), and deliverance (v. 14). There is nothing quite as painful as being estranged from someone you love because of your own sin. But there's also nothing that can compare with the joy and elation that comes with knowing you've been pardoned. David desperately yearned for pardon.

Do you (cf. Luke 15:17-19) want to be made well too (cf. John 5:6)?

Notice WHAT HE RESOLVED TO DO -- repent (vv. 13-17).

David promised to convert sinners (v. 13). He hoped that his own restoration would, in turn, direct other sinful lives toward God. He promised to sing praise (vv. 14-15). When God removed the burden and guilt of sin, David's heart was filled with a joy which could not be contained. He also promised to offer the self-sacrifice of a broken and contrite heart (vv. 16-17).

All of the office visits in the world won't do any good until we agree to abide by the Doctor's counsel. There must be a legitimate change (cf. Acts 8:22) of our behavior if we are to enjoy good health. Do you, like David, desire relief from the malady of sin Sam. 12:12?

Mike Benson

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Sunday Adult Bible Class: "A Visual Study of the Missionary Journeys of Paul" (10:00 am)

Wednesday Adult Bible Class: "Jeremiah", chapter 27. (6:30 PM)

Sunday’s Lessons:

The Seven Pillars (Matthew 7:24-25)

Meet Mr. Devil (Luke 22:54-57)

Have you made time in your life ... to walk and talk with God?

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Ted Wheeler

Ladies Bible Class:

11:00 am.

Closing Prayer:

Ernest Bowker

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Opening Prayer:

Jim Dougan

Songs:

Jim Treece

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