Text: Psalm 51:1-12 (HCSB)
1 Be gracious to me, God, according to Your faithful love; according to Your abundant compassion, blot out my rebellion. 2 Wash away my guilt and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I am conscious of my rebellion, and my sin is always before me. 4 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. 5 Indeed, I was guilty (when I) was born; I was sinful when my mother conceived me. 6 Surely You desire integrity in the inner self, and You teach me wisdom deep within. 7 Purify me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. 8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones You have crushed rejoice. 9 Turn Your face away from my sins and blot out all my guilt. 10 God, create a clean heart for me and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not banish me from Your presence or take Your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore the joy of Your salvation to me, and give me a willing spirit.
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 (KJV)
Application: Confess of your Sins He is faithful and just! To forgive.
Intro: This is a Psalm of Confession and I do believe David isn’t the only one who needs to admit their failures and come back to a restoration with Christ. Here is an inside view of a man getting right with God, the baring of a man’s heart after an encounter with failure. It is Also a Psalm of the King. David is the leader, politically, spiritually and even musically. It is a psalm with which we can identify, because we also fail! I want to focus on Just One Statement in his Prayer. Restore the Joy of Salvation!
1. David had Known the Joy of Salvation:
Have you ever had anyone say to you or someone else they’ve lost it? David had lost the Joy of his salvation. The word restore here brings to light he at one time had it but now lost it.
A search of the Psalms reminds us David did know: Psalm 9:1 (KJV) I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvelous works. Psalm 21:1 The king shall joy in thy strength, O LORD; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice! Psalm 23:5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Psalm 34:1 I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Why would anyone want to give this up? This joy? There is good reason for this joy:
- The joy of forgiveness.
- The joy of assurance of heaven.
- The joy of the presence of the Lord.
- The joy of finding the answer to life.
This joy is available to you through the Gospel!
2. David had Lost the Joy of his Salvation:
“Wash away my guilt and cleanse me from my sin. I have sinned and done this evil in Your sight!” There is a cost with committing sin, Falling into lust and adultery seemed momentary acts, but what a tremendous price David paid. David paid for his sins physically and became ill. But the spiritual cost was also great. He lost the purity of his heart and he needed to be washed and cleansed. The word for sin here was: transgressions which means acts of rebellion, defying God by crossing over the line God has drawn; iniquity another word for sin it means inward crookedness, perversity; sin means missing the mark, failing to meet God’s standard. David’s heart not only became defiled, but it also became hard. When we harbor sin, it hardens the heart. David’s eyes were also affected; all he could see were his sins. People with a dirty conscience are usually on the defensive, wondering what other people may know. Sin also affected his ears, for he lost the sound of joy and gladness. Nothing sounds good to a person out of fellowship with God. Even David’s lips were affected, for he could no longer testify or witness, or even sing God’s praises. Nothing shuts a Christian’s mouth like unconfessed sin. His mind was affected, for he begged for wisdom. The inner person was out of fellowship with God, and there was no joy. God does not take away the Holy Spirit when we sin, but we do grieve the Spirit and thereby lose His fellowship and help. May we never forget the high cost of committing sin!
Ephesians 4:30-32 (HCSB) And don’t grieve God’s Holy Spirit. You were sealed by Him for the day of redemption. 31 All bitterness, anger and wrath, shouting and slander must be removed from you, along with all malice. 32 And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ. Restore also brings up the important fact that David did not have that joy. I believe David has a lot of company, there might be some here today that if they were totally honest with themselves and God they too would admit they have lost it! Many are filled with gloom who were once filled with glory, Many are burdened who once were blessed. Many are sour who once were filled with song, Many are pouting who once were praising. David and the story of his sin, the affair with Bathsheba had robbed him of his joy, the song is gone. Many can remember a better day. Do you? Are you one of those Many?
3. David had the Joy of his Salvation Restored:
David prayed for restoration, to get back what he had lost. David prayed for his joy to come back. What is that road back? It must first be the road of remembering, it is also the road of confession and let’s not forget the road of faith! Do you long for the joy again? You can have it.
I mentioned there was a cost for committing sin and there is a cost for confessing sin: True confession of sin involves repentance, a sincere change of mind. During that year when David covered his sins, he thought he would “get away” with something. But when Nathan confronted him with his sins, David’s heart smote him and he repented. There is a difference between admitting sins and confessing sins. Confession literally means “to say the same thing.” If we say the same thing about our sins that God says about them, and we truly mean it, then we are confessing sin. David even went so far as to admit his sinful nature, born in sin. Beware of “cheap confession.” Merely praying with the lips, “Lord, I have sinned, please forgive me!” is not confession. True confession costs something - a broken spirit and a contrite heart. This does not mean that we do penance and earn forgiveness, but it does mean that we are so broken by our sins that we hide nothing from God.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 (KJV)
So there is a cost for committing sin, there is cost for confessing sin but there is also a cost for cleansing sin. Good works cannot cleanse sin, not even religious works and sacrifices. Only the blood of Jesus Christ can wash away sins. Forgiveness is not a cheap thing; it cost Jesus Christ His life. We receive forgiveness because of what He has done, not because of our prayers or tears. God is willing to blot out sins and purge us completely. The high cost of cleansing alone ought to make us hate sin and want to turn from it.
1 John 1:7-2:2 (HCSB)
7 But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say, “We have no sin,” we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say, “We don’t have any sin,” we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. 1 My little children, I am writing you these things so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father - Jesus Christ the Righteous One. 2 He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not only for ours, but also for those of the whole world.” Have you been forgiven? Your Joy will Return as You Return to Your Lord Confessing Your Sins!
Is there a need for you to pray the prayer for your life with Christ to be restored?
Maybe there are a few here today that are just like David! Restore your Joy. Confess of your Sins He is faithful and just! To forgive.
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