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What David Said: One More Thing . . .

“In your good pleasure make Zion prosper; build up the walls of Jerusalem. Then there will be righteous sacrifices, whole burnt offerings to delight you; then bulls will be offered on your altar.” (Psalm 51:18-19)

Have you ever noticed that when you’re saying sorry for something — especially for something really ugly — that it’s not the best time to ask for a favor? It just feels wrong to say, “I’m really sorry. That was so wrong. Now can I borrow $20?”

whatdavid_350So David’s request at the end of this psalm feels really bold. Almost inappropriate. But it shows us how strongly David believed in God’s mercy, forgiveness, and desire to help Israel.

David had made his confession. He’d admitted his wrong. He had received God’s punishment. He’d asked to be made clean. Now he was ready to move forward and ask for God’s blessing on His people. Walking with God again means asking God again to make you strong enough to worship Him more.

Think: Do you ever hesitate to ask God for help because you know you don’t deserve it, because you feel guilty about your sin? Does God ever want you to pull away from Him in those moments?

Pray: Follow David’s lead here: Ask God to help you to be stronger in your ability to trust Him so you can worship Him most effectively.

Do: Make a quick list of reasons to stop asking God for help in your life. (Hint: It should be a really short list.)

Posted January 25, 2015

What David Said: God Likes Broken Hearts

Posted January 24, 2015

“You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” (Psalm 51:16-17)

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What David Said: Open My Lips

Posted January 23, 2015

“Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you. Save me from bloodguilt, O God, the God who saves me, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness. O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.” (Psalm 51:13-15)

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What David Said: Will You Change Me?

Posted January 22, 2015

“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” (Psalm 51:10-12)

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What David Said: Bigger Than Your Sin

Posted January 21, 2015

“Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.” (Psalm 51:7-9)

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What David Said: Paper Confessions

Posted January 20, 2015

“Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge. “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom […]

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What David Said: Make Me Clean!

Posted January 19, 2015

“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.” (Psalm 51:1-3)

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