God Will Forgive Even That?

by Chuck Adair on June 09, 2021

God Will Forgive Even That?

Psalm 51

Have mercy on me,  O God,
    according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
    blot out my transgressions.
 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
    and cleanse me from my sin!

 For I know my transgressions,
    and my sin is ever before me.
 Against you, you only, have I sinned
    and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you may be justified in your words
    and blameless in your judgment.
 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
    and in sin did my mother conceive me.
 Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being,
    and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.

 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
    wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
 Let me hear joy and gladness;
    let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
 Hide your face from my sins,
    and blot out all my iniquities.
10  Create in me a clean heart, O God,
    and renew a right  spirit within me.
11  Cast me not away from your presence,
    and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
12  Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
    and uphold me with a willing spirit.

13  Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
    and sinners will return to you.
14  Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God,
    O God of my salvation,
    and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.
15  O Lord, open my lips,
    and my mouth will declare your praise.
16  For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;
    you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
17  The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
    a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

18  Do good to Zion in your good pleasure;
    build up the walls of Jerusalem;
19  then will you delight in right sacrifices,
    in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings;
    then bulls will be offered on your altar.

Today’s Truth

After committing one of the worst transgressions in his life, David knows that nothing but the mercy of God will save him from his sin. Remembering God's character, David confesses his sin and asks for cleansing so that he might be restored to worship and tell others about God's forgiveness. 

Discussion Questions
  1. Have you ever committed a sin so great it's hard for you to believe God will forgive you? How does David's story of forgiveness after committing his worst sin comfort you?
  2. Psalm 51 represents a pattern for believers when they sin: ask God for forgiveness, confess your sin, repent (turn) from your sin, tell others about the forgiveness God has granted you. How have you seen this pattern provide freedom for others? How about in your own life?
  3. This psalm clearly teaches we should declare to others the righteousness of God and His forgiveness. Take a moment right now to "Shout for joy because of [His] forgiveness" (see verse 14, NSV).

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