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11. Repentance for the Soul (Psalm 51)

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Have you ever blown it spiritually? We can thank God that He not only supplies the mercy, but He also endows us with the equipment we need for a full restoration. Psalm 51 is one of seven penitential psalms. David threw himself on the mercy of God after committing adultery and murder. That’s right: King David messed up “royally.” His two-fold repentance provides a model that we should follow when we choose sin over holiness. First, he repented of his egregious sins (and his sinfulness). Next, he repented of any remaining self-sufficiency that might incline him to rely on himself to please God.

Related Topics: Prayer, Confession, Forgiveness, Adultery, Failure