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Author: Scott Foutz
Text: Psalm 51:1-17 Date Preached: 3/1/96 (Lent) Title: The Road to Repentance Proposition: God delights in the repentant and surrendered heart Intro: Lent = human repentance = Ps 51:1-2 (model) Foundation of Repentance = God's love [hesed], and forgiveness Proposition I. We Must Know Our Own Sin (3-5) Repent of what? A. We know our specific sins (3) - knowing = discernment - ever before me = conscience (both these grow thru prayer and the Word) B. We know to whom we are accountable (4) - God's righteousness is the standard of judgment C. We know our utter sinfulness (5) II. We Must Understand Our Need (6-13) Why repent? A. For Instruction (6) Truth & Wisdom: Art of skillful living; ability to cope w/ life in healthy & constructive ways B. For Cleansing (7) Hyssop (purify) = Whiter than snow C. For Restoration (8-12) Of Health (8-10) = "crushed bones"; physical, mental, spiritual effects of sin Of Relationship w/ God (11-12) D. For True Worship (13-15) = Divine Help necessary/ Not shamed into silence In Testimony/Instruction (13) In Song (14) In Praise (15) III. We Must Surrender Ourselves to God (16-17) Repent how? A. We may want to sacrifice other things (16) E.g., time, money, appearance = David's sacrifice B. God delights in a surrendered and repentant heart (17) This is an acceptable sacrifice, and will not be despised Isa. 57:15 = God dwells in and restores such a heart Isa. 66:2 = God esteems and values such a heart Ro 12:1 = spiritual worship = sacrifice of self-will/importance, & surrender of self to God Conclusion: As Easter approaches, Apply this model to yourself. (1,2,3) Making sure that we approach God with a surrendered and repentant heart.