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When I Have Sinned     Psa. 51:1-13     Oct. 11, 2009


In all of this chapter David makes 21 requests of some kind for restoration. He knew his sin disrupted his

fellowship with the Lord. Every child of God needs to recognize how sin hinders our fellowship with the Lord and affects our spiritual temperature. Changes certainly take place When I Have Sinned


1.   The . . Confession Of Our Sin. 51:1-2

       A.   The Confession Of . . Rebellion. 51:1

1 Be gracious to me, God, according to Your faithful love; according to Your abundant compassion, blot out my rebellion.


       B.   The Confession Of . . Straying Away. 51:2a

2 Wash away my guilt, . . .”


       C.   The Confession Of . . Missing The Mark. 51:2b

“. . . and cleanse me from my sin.

       In confessing his sin David uses three different words. These words speak to his rebellion (transgression), straying away from God (iniquity), and just plain missing the goal set before him (sin). David realized when he saw Bathsheba bathing he could have turned away. He certainly did not have to arrange for her to be brought to him. He just plain rebelled against every instruction from God. Iniquity is straying away and refers to sin that set out to do right but just strayed away. It represents sinful action that that demonstrates a less aggressive type of sin. Then the sin of missing the goal. David at times took aim at what God desired but failed to meet the mark. In the New Testament this the is kind of sin that is defined most.


2.   The . . Consciousness Of Our Sin. 51:3-6

       A.   Consciousness of The . . Presence Of Sin. 51:3

3 For I am conscious of my rebellion ,and my sin is always before me.


       B.   Consciousness of The . . Punitive Damages Of Sin. 51:4a

4 Against You — You alone — I have sinned and done this evil in Your sight.


       C.   Consciousness of The . . Power Over Sin. 51:4b

“. . . So You are right when You pass sentence; You are blameless when You judge.


       D.   Consciousness of The . . Penetration Of Sin. 51:5-6

5 Indeed, I was guilty when I was born; I was sinful when my mother conceived me.

       6 Surely You desire integrity in the inner self, and You teach me wisdom deep within

              One of the differences in a person who knows the Lord and one who does not rests in the awareness of sin. If you know the Lord you know when you sin and a desire to be cleansed comes in your mind and heart. David confessed the presence of sin being before him and acknowledged God’s correctness in judging him. The punitive damages of sin are against God. David said, “against You --You alone – I have sinned.” This tells us sin is always and foremost against God. The power over sin is God. He is the judge. I am glad about that; I trust His judgment to be correct. The penetration of sin goes from birth to death. David knew he was born a sinner and in the innermost parts of his being sin penetrated.



3.   The . . Cleansing Of Our Sin. 51:7-10

7 Purify me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones You have crushed rejoice.9 Turn Your face away from my sins and blot out all my

guilt. 10 God, create a clean heart for me and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

       David ask for the purifying cleansing of the Lord, His washing, and the blotting out of his guilt.

Then he desired a clean heart and only God can do that. Following those acts of the Lord he wanted to receive

a steadfast spirit within him. Only God can grant these request.


4.   The . . Conversion From Our Sin. 51:11-13

11 Do not banish me from Your presence or take Your Holy Spirit from me.12 Restore the joy of Your salvation to me, and give me a willing spirit. 13 Then I will teach the rebellious Your ways, and sinners will return to You. HCSB

       David requested that the Holy Spirit would not be taken from him. When interpreting that remember the Holy Spirit’s ministry did not rest on all believers in the Old Testament. David does not ask for his salvation to be restored but the, “joy of it.” Sin causes a believer to lose or decrease their willingness to serve. When God does the work David requests, what does he say will happen? He will teach sinners about their rebellious ways and they will return to the Lord. The same can happen When I Have Sinned. Amen? Amen!