Create In Me A Clean Heart

Focal Passages: 2 Samuel 11 - 12, Psalm 51, Psalm 103

We continued our study of Psalm 51. To get a true picture of why David wrote this Psalm, we took a much closer look at 2 Samuel 11 & 12. We reviewed the story of David and Bathsheba and all the sin and cover up that went on. As we noted, one sin and lie led to another sin and lie. So Psalm 51 is a response to the sin and rebellion in David's life. In the New Living Translation, David said in Psalm 51:3 that his sin haunted him day and night. David confessed and repented of his sin as soon as Nathan the prophet used a parable to show him what he had done.

1 John 1:9 tells us that "If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." So as soon as we confess and turn from our sin, God forgives us and our relationship with Him has been repaired.

We looked at Psalm 103 briefly from the standpoint that God deserves all our praise even from our innermost being. As we approach Thanksgiving, let's not forget all the benefits that God gives us as mentioned in Psalm 103. Let's be sure to have an attitude of gratitude toward our heavenly Father.