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Bathsheba Lesson 7 - Area 51

There’s a ridiculous movement right now among people to storm into the infamous Area 51 in a couple of months in order to bust the “secret” wide open for the world to see.  I’m not riding that bandwagon.  I’m good right here and will wait for somebody who’s crazy enough to try it to post the video of their detainment and arrest. Yep, I’m good.

But this got me thinking as I was reading Psalm 51 and meditating on the words of King David as he lamented over his sin with Bathsheba.  These words reveal truth about God’s response to our sin.  He doesn’t keep us in the dark to how we receive healing. There’s no secret to restoration with Him. It’s right there... in black and white... on the pages of His letter to us. So today, we’re simply going to read this conversation that David (the man after God’s own heart) had with the God of the Universe about sin and where to go from there.

Read Psalm 51.

1.  How does David verbalize his agreement with the Lord about his sin?

2.  What does David acknowledge that God can do with his sin?

3.  What does David specifically ask from the Lord (vs 10-13)?

4.  In verse 17, what does David name as pleasing to God?

5.  What does David declare he will do in response to the salvation and restoration that God gives him?

 

CONNECT:  This passage is FULL of amazing declarations about God’s ability to forgive and move us past our sin.  Take some time to reflect on a specific sin that God is convicting you with right now.  These highlights from Psalm 51 can guide you, if you need it: 

-agree with God that your sin is wrong

-acknowledge Him for His righteousness and mercy

-ask Him to renew, restore, and fill you with rejoicing

-offer Him your humble and broken spirit as you declare praise to Him

Did you notice that David describes all that God can do when we come to Him in true repentance?  We should praise Him for being so merciful to reveal our sin and make a way for us to fellowship with Him again!  God’s love for us and the way to Him is no secret. And thank goodness that it’s no mystery, race, or code to be discovered!  Forgiveness is free for all that call on Him. That’s why David begins and ends Psalm 51 with humble awe and adoration... and the Lord will not despise our repentant hearts.

In the words of Amanda Bible Williams in the She Reads Truth devotional Bible, “the larger my view of my sin, the larger the view of the cross.”  Yes and amen!

Oh Lord!  Give us a larger view of who we are and who you are!  Create in us a clean heart!  Give us a willing spirit!  Open our lips so that we may rightly praise you and point others to you!  

 

TRUTH FOR TODAY:

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
For behold, those who are far from you shall perish; you put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you. But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.”

- Psalm 73:26-28


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