Last week we talked about a man who committed grievous sin, Judas, was remorseful, but not repentant.  This week we will look at another man who also committed great sin, David, but in this case he did repent.

As always this is my interpretation of what I have read.  I look forward to the thoughts of my CF friends, or anyone else, who has studied the Bible more than I have.

I think we can see the difference between how these two men dealt with their sin in the 4th verses of  Psalm 51, King James Version,  where David says:

4Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.

David came to understand that repentance can only come by turning to God.  That he needed the convicting power of the Holy Spirit to transform his life away from sin, and to God’s guidance.

In verse 10 he says:

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

It is the goal of the CF to listen to the right spirit (Holy Spirit) within them, and let it guide them in their walk in life.

Psalm 51 – King James Version  (When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.)

 1Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

 2Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

 3For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

 4Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.

 5Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

 6Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

 7Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

 8Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.

 9Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.

 10Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

 11Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

 12Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

 13Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

 14Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.

 15O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

 16For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.

 17The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

 18Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.

 19Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.

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