18 February 2018

Dear family in Christ

This weekend is the First Sunday in LENT, a season of repentance and restoration. King David experienced the painful process of restoration after he committed two sins against God. One, David committed adultery with Bethsheba, the wife of his army general Uriah (2 Sam 11:2-5). Two, he plotted the death of general Uriah by sending him to the battle frontline to be killed (2 Sam 11:14-15). God was displeased and disciplined David for his sins, through the prophet Nathan.

Psalm 51 is a record of King David’s humble contrite prayer. David’s repentance and restoration can be seen in the following process:

  1. Know God’s character: David cried out to the merciful, compassionate, gracious and loving God for His forgiveness and cleansing of his sins (51:1).
  2. Acknowledge our sinful condition: David knew that he had disobeyed God’s commands and done evil in God’s sight (51:3-4).
  3. Seek God’s forgiveness: David humbly sought the forgiveness of God, crying out to God – “blot out my transgressions”, “wash me thoroughly from my iniquity”, “cleanse me from my sin”, “purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean”.
  4. Receive God’s restoration: David prayed asking God to create a clean heart and renew a right spirit within him. True Repentance involves turning away from evil and turning towards doing what is right. As we often confessed in prayer, we need to “firmly resolved to keep God’s commandments”. We need a spiritual heart transplant to have a clean heart, a right spirit and a restored life. Being mercifully forgiven and loved by God, we are revived, restored and renewed.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.”   Psalm 51:10-12



Pastor John