Sermonising Psalm 51

19 Aug

This coming Sunday I have the privilege of preaching Psalm 51 to an eager audience, my church.

This afternoon, post lawn mowing, I have been doing some preliminary studying on my patio in the sunshine (which has just turned to the liquid form hence my coming inside to blog).

It’s a supposedly about David repenting after his sin with Bathsheba. What’s mental is that it’s more about God than David. I wrote a list of things David says or implies about God in the 19 short verses:

  1. His love is unfailing
  2. His compassion is great
  3. He speaks
  4. He judges
  5. He washes away iniquity
  6. He cleanses sin
  7. He is merciful
  8. He ‘blots out’ transgressions
  9. He is the offended party
  10. He is right
  11. He is righteous
  12. He is justified
  13. He desires truth
  14. He teaches wisdom
  15. He crushes bones
  16. He re/creates hearts
  17. He renews spirits
  18. He decides who is near Him
  19. He gives joy
  20. He is Saviour
  21. He gives life
  22. He is Saviour
  23. He gives words and praise
  24. He is Saviour
  25. He is choosy
  26. He is emotional
  27. He provides prosperity
  28. He has an Altar

Now it’s not a definitive list and some of the language is my own, but seriously, 19 verses of a psalm about a persons sin gives us all that  about God? I think there’s at least a small lesson in there about our repentance and it’s focus!

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2 Responses to “Sermonising Psalm 51”

  1. esselis 02/09/2009 at 4:31 pm #

    favourite post. thanks.

  2. sammydaviesjr 02/09/2009 at 4:51 pm #

    You are welcome. Thanks for all the music tweets and humours quips.

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