The Bible Teaching Ministry of David Hocking
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Meditations in the Psalms

April 19th

Psalm 51:1-6

David’s sin with Bathsheba and the setup of her husband’s murder was a terrible blot upon a wonderful record of victory and deliverance from the hand of the Lord. David reveals in this beautiful psalm of repentance why he was a “man after God’s own heart.” He had a “broken and a contrite heart.” Do you? God forgives, that’s for sure. Our need is to confess and repent.

  1. His prayer for mercy – verse 1
  2. His plea for cleansing – verse 2
  3. His proclaiming of his sin against God – verses 3-4
  4. The place of depravity in his heart and background – verse 5
  5. The priority of truth in confession – verse 6

The recognition of our depravity and sinfulness is critical to the matter of forgiveness and cleansing. Do not try to hide from God – it is impossible and it will only lead to further pain. Confess your sins to God – He is “faithful and just to forgive” (I John 1:9).

Verse for Meditation

Verse 6 – “Behold, Thou desireth truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part Thou shalt make me to know wisdom.”

Meditation Prayer

“I confess my sins to You, Lord, ever mindful that I cannot hide from You, and apart from Your mercy and kindness, there is no hope of forgiveness or cleansing.”

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