Repentance and Restoration

Have you ever sinned greatly and felt so guilty that you couldn’t even come to God? There was a man of God in the Old Testament, who committed adultery and had someone killed; yet, he was called “a man after God’s own heart.” Yes, I am talking about King David.

Out of all David’s psalms, one of his famous ones is Psalm 51. When the prophet, Nathan, rebuked him, David repented before God. Thus, he wrote Psalm 51. David asked God for His mercy and appealed to His steadfast love (51:1-2). David admitted that he really sinned against God (51:3-6). David petitioned God to create a clean heart for him and to restore the joy of His salvation to him (51:7-12). David declared God’s praise and promised to help other sinners return to God (51:13-17). David prayed for God’s blessings upon the city of Zion (Zion theology) (51:18-19).

What can we learn from David’s Psalm 51? The major lesson we could learn from this passage is: God is faithful to restore us when we repent. God is gracious and merciful, and His love is unconditional (51:1-2). We just need to confess our sins to God because we sin against Him, and repent (51:3-6). 1 John 1:9 (HCSB) also states: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” God does desire integrity from us, so we need to ask Him to clean our hearts for He does restore the joy of His salvation to us (51:7-12). We have been washed by the blood of the Lamb—Jesus Christ. God is the God of our salvation, so let us declare His praise and teach the rebellious His ways (51:13-17). Afterward, we could pray for His blessings upon our community (51:18-19). So, if we ever sin, just go to God and repent, because He is faithful to forgive and to restore us.

Sharing with y’all some practical applications from Psalm 51, as follows:

  1. God forgives, so go to Him. He is merciful.
  2. Admit your sins and mistakes.
  3. Stop sinning deliberately, and ask God to clean our hearts. We have been washed by the blood of Jesus.
  4. Praise God. Thank Him for His forgiveness. Help others return to Him (or teach others about God’s forgiveness).
  5. Intercede for our church, our city, and our country.

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