Song 5:1-8:14 / 2 Corinthians 9:1-15 / Psalm 51:1-19 / Proverbs 22:24-25
Standout Verse: Psalm 51:1-3, 6,10-11, 17
(King David’s psalm of repentance after his unfaithfulness with Bathsheba).
“Have mercy on me O God, according to Your lovingkindness, according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions, wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions and my sin is always before me. Against You and You only have I sinned and done this evil in Your sight.
(V.6) Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts and in the hidden part You will make known to me wisdom.
(V.9) Create in me a clean heart O God and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
(V. 13) Then I will teach transgressors Your ways and sinners will be converted to You.
(V.17)The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit and a contrite heart-these O God You do not despise.”
This is an incredible picture of TRUE REPENTANCE that we can observe and learn from! David was responding to the pressing conviction of the Lord with an open, yielded heart, desiring to be clean. It’s clear that he wasn’t trying to hide anything or hold any thing back from God. His realization over his destructive choices brought him into a state of great sorrow. He wasn’t just “really sorry he messed up”, or “really sorry he got caught” – he understood the terrible damage he had caused and was deeply broken by the weight of his sin.
IT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THIS IS THE CRITICAL PLACE OF EITHER YIELDING TO GOD’S PRESSING CONVICTION (which leads to forgiveness, getting “clean”, restoration, healing and HOPE) OR CRUMBLING UNDER SATAN’S VEIL OF CONDEMNATION (which promises a lifestyle where we are powerless over sin, helpless and hopeless).
David rightly identified the “press” as God’s conviction and responded accordingly. He believed in God’s love for him and His desire to forgive him and make him clean again due to his broken spirit and contrite heart. David knew that his sin would carry with it consequences, but he trusted that as he yielded to his Heavenly Father and returned his heart to Him, he’d be able to face anything by God’s grace. His desire was to be CLEAN and CLOSE to the Lord once again.
Lastly, in verse 13, we see that David felt free and hopeful, even understanding that, at some point, he would be able to get along side others and be a living testimony of God’s lovingkindness, forgiveness and restoration. God’s sweet conviction always brings with it HEALING and GREAT HOPE for our future! So awesome!