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Psalm 51:7-12 - The Application of Mercy

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Main idea: The LORD God graciously renews and restores those who cry for mercy.

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Psalm 51:7–12 ESV
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice. 9 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.
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Main idea: The LORD God graciously renews and restores those who cry for mercy.

Ex: The prodigal son - The son repent and comes home- The father -son encounter - Son confused -overwhelmed about the Father’s mercy.
There was another son… more about him later - It is tale of two one who repents and is renewed and restored and one who does not repent but this is ultimately a story a Fathers mercy.
Rom. 7 reality - Though in Christ and free from enslaving me, there is still a war within me and sometimes I blow it!
From David to me - this is our common experience
Here one thing I want us to grab from this section of Ps. 51.
The fleeting pleasures of sin have made him joyless and peace-less and he cannot fix it. He is the King and the “world” is at his command but joy & peace is not and it will not answer when he calls it. (Calling some else’s dog)
Sin has built a barrier and no earthly power can knock it down, But God!!
Good news! God the Judge intervenes - He confronts David in his sin and he becomes aware that when he sinned God was watching and that sin it was against him.
We see in Psa 51 David response - Confessing His sin & Crying out for mercy

What is confession? Confession = ”to say the same thing”

Lawson - Confession is agreeing with God about our sin. It also involves Repentance, or a turning away from sin confessed, no longer embracing it.

Ok, We agree with God & We cry out to him for mercy, for forgiveness, but what does it look like when he applies it into our lives and what is the effect if we don’t repent, if we don’t cry out for His renewing and restoring grace in our lives?

David Prays to the Lord God for the Application of God’s Renewing and Restoring Grace

Last week 4 imperatives: Have mercy -Blot out -Wash me - Cleanse me
The Chief imperative - Have Mercy! - Psalm 51:1
Psalm 51:1 ESV
1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
Is David demanding something from God? - Radical dependency -
These are the ingredients, as it were, of mercy - Mixing mortar/thinset - Water & bag of mortar - no water no mortar.
Open the bag and pour the power on the floor.
All of us may very well be or will be at one time in our lives at one of these imperatives.

Seven Faith-filled imperatives David knew he needed from the Lord

1- Purge me - V. 7 [QUICK WITH THIS POINT]

Psalm 51:7 ESV
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
V. 1b-2 - from sin
Psalm 51:1b–2 ESV
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!
V. 7 - Purge - root word is sin = de-sin me
Psalm 51:7 ESV
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Hyssop = applicator - It would be dipped in blood and sprinkled 7 times on a leper at the altar - Lev. 14:6
You don’t throw paint on the wall it must be applied
Two images or picture: leprosy & the passover
Sin is spiritual leprosy - grows and gets worse and you can’t stop it. It isolates you and then destroys you piece by piece.
“I shall be” = faith & confidence in the Lord’s ability
Ex. 12:7-13 - Hyssop used to put blood on the doorpost so judgement might passover their home.
Exodus 12:7–13 ESV
“Then they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. They shall eat the flesh that night, roasted on the fire; with unleavened bread and bitter herbs they shall eat it. Do not eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted, its head with its legs and its inner parts. And you shall let none of it remain until the morning; anything that remains until the morning you shall burn. In this manner you shall eat it: with your belt fastened, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. And you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord’s Passover. For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the Lord. The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt.

2- Wash me [QUICK WITH THIS POINT]

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The negative: A failure to repent has caused a “set in” stain
Ex: Child gets a stain on his shirt at church or school and doesnt tell you.
The dangerous sin on non repentance
The positive The Lord can remove it
V. 7b - wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Psalm 51:7 ESV
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
“I shall be” - renewed confidence - faith
Isa 1:18- whiter than snow
Isaiah 1:18 ESV
“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.

3- Let me rejoice - V. 8 [SLOW DOWN]

Psalm 51:8 ESV
Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
Let me hear
The negative: A failure to repent has cost him his joy and gladness
The positive The Lord can restore my hearing! I can hear the song!
Ex: a failed relationship - love song yuck!

No voice could revive his dead joys but that which brings the dead to life. Pardon from God would give him double joy—joy and gladness. -Spurgeon

Let my body rejoice
The psalmist has felt the results of sin in his physical body
Sin and a lack of repentance causes physical, mental and emotional pain and misery
Could this be why were so highly medicated, we stay in our sin and medicate the misery?
Ps. 32:1-2;11- Joy and gladness will be the result of forgiveness Let me rejoice
Psalm 32:1–2 ESV
Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
Psalm 32:11 ESV
Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

4- Blot out - V. 9

Psalm 51:9 ESV
Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.
V. 1 - “blot out my transgressions”
Erase
Hide your face - Ps 143:7
Psalm 143:7 ESV
Answer me quickly, O Lord! My spirit fails! Hide not your face from me, lest I be like those who go down to the pit.
“Hide” -generally used to show a withholding of God mercy or a giving of justice.
Give justice to my sin, not me! Hide your face from my sin but do not hide your face from me.
Time does not restore or renew Christ does.
David’s face was ashamed with looking on his sin, and no diverting thoughts could remove it from his memory, but he prays the Lord to do with his sin what he himself cannot.
Imagine David at the funeral of Uriah?
David saw his sin in every meeting with Joab, every time he sat with Bathsheba, When he saw his child’s grave.
The negative: A failure to repent has cost him his freedom by the constant reminder of his sin. = Misery! (Shame slapping obedience - may make them feel guilty but it cannot bring joy)
The positive The Lord will remove it from his record and in so doing remove his guilt and shame
If mercy is the chief imperative in this psalm then Create is the heart imperative of this Psalm

5- Create in me - V. 10 [SLOW DOWN]

Psalm 51:10 ESV
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
The word that begins this section is the Hebrew verb bara, which is used in Genesis 1 for the creation of the heavens and the earth by God.
Bara is the word David uses in verse 10 of the psalm, where he asks God to “create” a pure heart in him.
Derek Kidner writes, “With the word create he asks for nothing less than a miracle.” He desires what only God can provide.
“Renew” = to make new or to be new or to restore to newness
Davids action cost him something he could not get back. - Lord in your mercy renew me!
In Brokenness the we need God to do a creative work not only for our past failures but for our future lives
Sin and failure should not confine or define us but bring us to a point of dependency so we might be renewed and restored.
David desire what he’s never had - a steadfast heart
Jer. 32:37-41
Jeremiah 32:37–41 ESV
Behold, I will gather them from all the countries to which I drove them in my anger and my wrath and in great indignation. I will bring them back to this place, and I will make them dwell in safety. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God. I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, for their own good and the good of their children after them. I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me. I will rejoice in doing them good, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and all my soul.

6- Cast me not away - V. 11

Psalm 51:11 ESV
Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
Holy Spirit in OT used only here and Isa 63:10-11 - Significant Bible truth- God’s spirit with/in man.
What does this mean? 3 views
loss of salvation
loss of the kingdom
Loss of the presence, power of God and the loss of the ability to be used by him.
The idea of God removing the Holy Spirit from someone comes from the account of God’s withdrawal of his blessing from King Saul
David is not talking about eternal security or the fear of losing his salvation at all.
He is only acknowledging that he is unable to live a holy life without God.
Therefore, he needs the help and power of the Holy Spirit every single moment if he is to be able to overcome temptation and follow after godliness.
This is a plea for God not to remove his divine power & presence from Davids life
He feared being set aside in serving God

7- Restore the joy of my salvation - V. 12

Psalm 51:12 ESV
Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.
David did not request that is salvation be restored but his joy
Deliver me and thus restore my joy
Sin had cost him that which he treasured the joy of knowing the Lord and simply enjoying Him in his presence
Ps.27:4 - NIV
4 One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.
Oh God I want this back! to know you and to enjoy you!
CHECK TIME
What about Bathsheba, What would her Dad say, What would Uriah's family say?
David does not deserve to be joyful or glad. He deserves to be miserable at best and dead preferably.
The empirical evidence of our lives is that we're not Uriah’s family in the story but David.
If we fail to repent we may well become what we despise.
Rom. 5:6-11
Romans 5:6–11 ESV
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Takeaways?

Do I understand the danger of non-repentance?
Prodigal son vs. The son who stayed at home - rose up and killed his father - hold on that not in the parable? No the parable stops and is intentionally left unfinished. Why? It was finished at Calvary where Christ was slain by those who refused to repent.
Heb 10:26-29 Ref only - Trample the cross
Do I desire the Lord to restore the joy of my salvation?
Rom. 5:1-2
Romans 5:1–2 ESV
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
How will we respond to the good news that no matter where you are or what you have been through there is renewal and restoration offered full and free?
1 John 1:9
1 John 1:9 ESV
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
And so, in a minute we will all respond to the message of repentance in three ways:
Reject and stay in our sin
Repent and place our faith in Chirst
Come to the table and remember the gift of salvation by grace alone - JESUS THANK YOU!!
I invite you to now pray 1 John 1:9 with me and come to the table and rejoice. Take both elements and worship. I will lead us in taking the elements once all have come to the table.
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