Repentance

 Reading in Psalms this morning and thinking again about the word “repentance.” 
In yesterday’s blog, I wrote, “We should wake in the morning with repentance already
in our hearts for the things that we will do or fail to do that day that are not pleasing to God. And at night, before we close our eyes, repentance should be the course of
our final conversation with God our Father.”As you read through David’s psalms, you can see a picture of a man tormented by his own sin, uplifted by his willingness to repent and liberated by his sincere praise and worship of God. David’s entire life ranging from his deepest darkest moments to his most glorious one’s are displayed in his psalms and it is within his own words, his life an open book 

David’s life, as though under a microscope, has been examined like no other person of the Bible.
We know more about him than any other person in the Bible…
And knowing this, it makes me sorely aware of the fact that one day my life will be so examined by my Creator as I stand before Him at the judgement. I too will know the humiliation and the shame that David felt on so many occasions.
 
Of the 150 Psalms, it is the common consensus that David wrote 73 of them, possibly beginning with the 23 rd Psalm which he likely wrote after Samuel had anointed him to be king of Israel yet while he still walked in the fields watching over his father’s flocks, in about 1024 BC. Though he did not understand the role he was yet to play in the history of Israel, he knew of God’s faithfulness and protection. And it is obvious that even as Samuel poured an oil of anointing, given by God, down over his head and it dripped down his chin and onto his tunic, he somehow knew that he would face many enemies.

But the two psalms that I want to draw attention to are Psalm 51 which was likely written
sometime around 991 BC when David was about 60 years old, and Psalm 32 which was
written some time after that. 
 
Psalm 51 is called a prayer of restoration. Because of David’s sin with Bathsheba, God had sent His prophet Nathan (2 Samuel 12) to David who had been so overcome by his own lust that he had sent Bathsheba’s husband Uriah into battle knowing that he would be killed.
And now David, having heard from the prophet that God was going to bring calamity to his
house, cried out to God and his first words are, “Be gracious to me, God, according to
Your faithful love; according to Your abundant compassion, blot out my rebellion.”  In his darkest moments he cries, “Wash away my guilt and cleanse me from my sin.
For I am conscious of my rebellion, and my sin is always before me.” “Against You,
You alone I have sinned and done this evil in Your sight. So You are right when You pass sentence; You are blameless when You judge.”

David knew that God had taken His Holy Spirit away from Saul because of his disobedience and had put an evil spirit upon him to torment him. In fact, it was David that was sent to play the lyre for Saul to drive the spirit from him.
So when David pleaded in vs. 11 , “Do not banish me from Your presence or take
Your Holy Spirit from me.”  his cry reflected his deepest fear. 
Vs. 14 is evidence that David knew what he had done was evil in God’s sight, for he said,
“Save me from the guilt of bloodshed, God, the God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing of Your righteousness.”

If you have never read through Psalm 51, please do and then as you read that last line that says, “Then You will delight in righteous sacrifices, whole burnt offerings; then bulls will be offered on Your altar”, move right into Psalm 32 which is a psalm of music, a joyful song of forgiveness that if you listen very carefully, you can almost hear David, weeping as his sang,

“How joyful is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered!
How joyful is the man the LORD does not charge with sin and in whose spirit
is no deceit! When I kept silent, my bones became brittle from my groaning
all day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy on me; my strength was
drained as in the summer’s heat.   Selah

Then I acknowledged my sin to You and did not conceal my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and You took away
the guilt of my sin.  Selah

Therefore let everyone who is faithful pray to You at a time that You may
be found. When great floodwaters come, they will not reach him.
You are my hiding place; You protect me from trouble.
You surround me with joyful shouts of deliverance.   Selah

I will instruct you and show you the way to go; with My eye on you,
I will give counsel.  Do not be like a horse or mule, without understanding,
that must be controlled with bit and bridle or else it will not come near you.

Many pains come to the wicked, but the one who trusts in the LORD
will have faithful love surrounding him. Be glad in the LORD and rejoice,
you righteous ones; shout for joy, all you upright in heart.”

 
Repentance is always followed by joy. The joy of a refreshed and clean heart,
and a renewed and steadfast spirit within. (Psalm 51:10)For those who might be interested, here are some sites that I use frequently in my own Bible study.

 
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