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Discover the Book - July 12, 2007

  • 2007 Jul 12

David: Finding the Treasures of God


Part 2 Continued from July 11th




God’s grace always demands a change; always following forgiveness will be Christ's words--if we are saved, we must stop sinning.


At the same time, we can be grateful that Jesus spoke as he did. For we notice that he did not say, “Leave your life of sin, and I will not condemn you.” If he had said that, what hope for us could there be? Our problem is precisely that we do sin.


There could be no forgiveness if forgiveness was based upon our ceasing to sin. Instead of that, Jesus actually spoke in the reverse order. First, he granted forgiveness freely, without any conceivable link to our performance.


Forgiveness is granted only on the merit of his atoning death. But then, having forgiven us freely, Jesus tells us with equal force to stop sinning.[1]


Two of my favorite verses in God's Word explain the wonderful power of new beginnings as Christ's blood is applied to our hearts.


    • Hebrews 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
    • Hebrews 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.


David knew that only God could restore his walk in the Spirit v. 11 Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.



The days that had stretched into the weeks and months of that spiritual wasteland David had just experienced were so bad he wanted to never revisit that time again. He was so aware that the sweet influence of the Holy Spirit came upon him that filled his heart with joy, with songs, with peace that made him a blessing had been pulled back. So David says

    1. I want You to renew my heart by washing it. (v. 10)
    2. I want You to restore my walk by giving me Your Spirit back. (v. 11)
    3. I want You to bring back the fruit of the Spirit in my life. (v.12)


David knew that only God could renew the fruit of the Spirit v. 12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit. (sustain me with a willing spirit)


Remember the fruit of the Spirit is love, and JOY. It’s not something we get by moving to a nicer home and neighborhood—that is so temporary. It’s not something we get by buying something we really want—that is so brief. It’s not something we get by accomplishing some deed of greatness—that is so fragile. It’s an internal fruit born by the Spirit of God that grows deeper and deeper inside of us.


David says bring back the fruitfulness of Your Spirit in my life. I am going to focus on Your work, I want You to wash my heart. I want You to restore my walking in the power of Your Spirit. I want You to renew his fruit growing in me. Verse 13 he concludes this section focusing on God’s work—he says I want You, God to help me have further ministry.


David knew that only God could prepare him for further ministry v. 13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners shall be converted to You.


When I let You, God do all this, when I let You wash my heart, when I let You restore my walk in the Spirit, when I let You renew His bringing forth His fruit in my life, You prepare me for further ministry.


You know sometimes when we hit the bottom, when we are into sin, we just think it’s all over- nothing, I can’t do anything, I’m useless. Look at what he says in Wow, David says I am going to come back, I’m going to serve You.


Now he didn’t go back when he was still in sin. There was quite a long period of time. God had worked through the process and it utterly cleansed him and filled him back with joy.


Fourthly, David explains, I …Sought God for a fresh start. (Psalm 51:14-19)


David sought God by calling sin what it is. v. 14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, The God of my salvation, And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.


We must repent of sin. Turn from it, change your mind about it, want to get rid of it, get uncomfortable about it. A lot of people, they are willing to say I have made a mistake. They are willing to say I didn’t do that as well as I should have. Instead of saying I sinned. We don’t like to humbly confess when we’ve sinned. Why? Because to say I’ve sinned, we have to agree with God. And all that’s within us, our flesh and our pride rebels against humble repentance. We don’t want to say that we have sinned. We want to say we made a mistake, that we are weak—but not that we have sinned.


David called his sin what it really was. Look at v. 14, “Deliver me from blood guiltiness”. Wait a minute. Did David literally kill Uriah? No, an Ammonite archer shot arrows and did it for him. But it was really David who killed Uriah; David sent him there, David ordered Joab to send Uriah to the front lines and get him killed.


When David truly turns to God, he repents by calling his sin what it really was. So unabashedly David prays, “Deliver me from blood guiltiness, I killed Uriah--O God, thou God of my salvation: [and] my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. I’ll call sin what it is—in my life that was sin. God, forgive me of that, cleanse me of that, renew me.”


David wanted to talk to God. v. 15 O Lord, open my lips, And my mouth shall show forth Your praise.


Remember we saw in Psalm 32 that those months of hiding his sin had dried up David both physically and spiritually.


When we are attached to our sin, we are strangely silent towards God. That’s what Psalm 32 is all about. David had dried up spiritually—he just closed his mouth, he wasn’t talking to God in fact he wasn’t talking to anybody. He was just empty inside. When he lost his song, he wasn’t interested in talking to God.


But when we call sin what it is, when we repent, we have to start talking to God. We have to just open our lips and say like David said, ‘God open my mouth back up--don’t let me hang around down here in the low lands. Let my mouth declare Your praise’.


When we are down, if all we will do is just start praising God for who He is and what He has done, and what He means to us, God will restore our joy.


David wanted to Get Real (Experience true contrition not mere externalism). v. 16-17 For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering. 17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart—These, O God, You will not despise.


You see, it would have been easy to have taken a lamb and take it to the Tabernacle and had them kill it in his place. It would have been easy to have brought a guilt offering, or a sin offering. God says I don’t want you to merely externally do something. I want you, on the inside, to have a broken spirit. What does James 4:9 say?


Be afflicted, morn and weep. Let your laughter be turned into morning, you joy to heaviness.


What did Paul say in 2 Corinthians 7:8-10?


2 Corinthians 7:10 For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.


Let me explain the difference. Godly sorrow is when we say to the Lord like David did:

  • God I have sinned against You.
  • God I have broken Your righteous standard.
  • God against You I have ____ and you name the sin.


Do you know what the sorrow of the world is?

  • Oh no, I’ve lost my health.
  • Oh no, I’ve lost my job.
  • Oh no, I have a sexually transmitted disease.
  • Oh no, I’m pregnant. Or whatever.
  • It is just sorrow over what happens to us and that’s not Godly sorrow. That’s not sorrow that brings repentance.


It reminds me of what Howard Hendricks said once while I was in seminary. He said when the man goes in to the convenience store (or nowadays online) and sees the pornographic material and stands there and looks at it; and begins the fires burning within him; when he comes out he thinks—‘God I’m sorry I looked at the magazine’.


Howie always said, “That’s not confession that is only an admission”.


Confession is saying, “I offended You my Holy God; I lusted and wanted to lust; I started a fire as the writer of Proverbs says, inside that will burn me up. God I ask You to cleanse that and take away that wicked desire.” That’s confession. Admission doesn’t count.


If you are facing lust you need to consider the final result of it. What can we do right now to get us started back to God's path or keep us on that path? Let me give you three choices we need to make:


1.      Make yourself look at the final result or ultimate form (mature plant) of the momentary choices of (or seeds you are planting) today.

§         If your parents knew what you have been hiding from them, would it crush them and grieve their hearts?

§         If your husband or wife knew about the area you have surrendered to lust, would it rob your relationship of joy and trust?

§         If you keep on in this path what will it do to your body, your family, your reputation and your heavenly reward?

§         Is it really worth as much as it will eventually cost you?


2.      Choose to cultivate new and godly choices—remember every time we descend into lust our flesh is strengthened. It’s takes control of more of our life. And I’ll tell you the tragic result of a life of lust and sin is the life of those that can’t stop sinning because lust controls them and God says that He has given them over to the desires of their heart. that will become habits of holiness for old and ungodly patterns. Cut cable or online service for a few months and join an accountability group or Bible study; take a fast from TV watching (even sports) and start a Scripture memory plan like our “108 verses”.


3.      Remember it will only be harder to stop tomorrow. Every wrong choice we make sets in motion a wave of consequence and growing bondage throughout our mind and body. Every obedient choice we make set in motion a wave of liberating blessing and spiritual strength.


David says here I’m not going to admit, I am going to confess. I am going to experience true contrition, not mere externalism. I am not just going to offer some little lamb. I am going to be broken hearted inside.


David wanted to Chase After God (Begin zealous worship anew and afresh) v. 18-19 Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion; Build the walls of Jerusalem. 19 Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, With burnt offering and whole burnt offering; Then they shall offer bulls on Your altar.


What he is saying is- God now that I am back with you, I am going to zealously follow Your program. I am going to zealously praise You in Zion. I am going to zealously bring my offerings to You--but not as a token, but now from a true heart.






[1] James Boice quoted by John F. MacArthur, Jr., The Vanishing Conscience - Drawing the Line in a No-Fault, Guilt-Free World, (Dallas, Texas: Word Publishing) 1997, electronic edition, n.p..

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