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Dr. June Normil
David cast himself on God's mercy (Psalm 51:1-6), an example of how sinners need to turn toward God because in Him they find unfailing love and compassion (verses 1-2). Only God can forgive sin. David made four requests in seeking forgiveness and restoration. First was the request for God to "have mercy." Mercy might be defined as "God not giving sinners what they deserve." Second, David asked that his transgressions be blotted out (verse 1). David sought God to cover his sin, to remove it from the record. The third and fourth requests are to be washed and cleansed (verse 2). Cleansing points to the ceremonial law, in which a person is purified so he or she can participate in worship.David was aware of his sins (verse 3). Though his sins had wronged others. David knew ultimately he had broken God's commands (verse 4). As a result, God's judgment would be entirely just. God exposes sin in our lives in order to bring people to a place where they can receive His pardon and restoration. God desires to show grace to all so they can be forgotten and made whole.
[For Personal Reflection] How can we develop the practice of turning from sin and turning to God instead?
LORD, USE ME ( PSALM 51:12-19)
Psalm 51 teaches us to approach God when we have sinned. Mercy, grace, cleansing, renewal, and restoration are ours if we will but turn to Him. So approach God with a broken and contrite heart, recognizing you have sinned against Him. Trust in Him, knowing His mercy is enough. He will forgive you of your sin and restore you to right standing with Him. Then ask Him to work in you, that you will live to please Him rather than follow your own ways. When you are restored, pray that God will use you to help others find Jesus as their Savior and experience forgiveness of sins. Share with others how they can choose to run toward the Savior rather than away from Him when they sin.
BE GODLY SORROWFUL AND REPENT!
See You In Sunday School Next Week!!!!
Copyright Reference: Radiant Life, Volume 100 Number 4 Jun. Jul. Aug. 2019 by Gospel Publishing House, 1445 N. Boonville Ave, Springfield, Mo 65802.
Dr. June Normil