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January 31, 2020

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
New American Standard Bible for 2020

Text: Exodus 39-40
Audio: Exodus 39-40

Psalm 51 (ESV)

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.

Have mercy on me, O God,
    according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
    blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
    and cleanse me from my sin!

For I know my transgressions,
    and my sin is ever before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned
    and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you may be justified in your words
    and blameless in your judgment.
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
    and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being,
    and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
    wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
    let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins,
    and blot out all my iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
    and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from your presence,
    and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
    and uphold me with a willing spirit.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
    and sinners will return to you.
14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God,
    O God of my salvation,
    and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.
15 O Lord, open my lips,
    and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;
    you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
    a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

18 Do good to Zion in your good pleasure;
    build up the walls of Jerusalem;
19 then will you delight in right sacrifices,
    in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings;
    then bulls will be offered on your altar.

English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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  1. Repentance and Forgiveness

    The setting of today's psalm mirrors that of Psalm 32 which was written after David's affair with Bathsheba and the killing of her husband Uriah. David repents for his sin and seeks forgiveness from God for his actions. 

    As I often say, there are many who do not believe repentance is necessary for forgiveness – or necessary for salvation. And if there is a repentance necessary for forgiveness and salvation (as some believe) it is only a change of someone's mind about what they believe about Jesus and has nothing to do with a commitment to Christ or to turn from their life of sin. 

    This distorted view of forgiveness and salvation is why so many people are walking around deceived and unless they repent, they will not be forgiveness or be saved. 

    Luke 24:44-49 says, "Then he [Jesus] said to them, 'These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.' 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and said to them, 'Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.'"

    In an article on the Evidence Bible's website it says:

    "It is true that there are numerous Bible verses that speak of the promise of salvation, with no mention of repentance. These merely say to 'believe' on Jesus Christ and you shall be saved (Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9). However, the Bible makes it clear that God is holy and man is sinful, and that sin makes a separation between the two (Isaiah 59:1,2). Without repentance from sin, wicked men cannot have fellowship with a holy God. We are dead in our trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1) and until we forsake them through repentance, we cannot be made alive in Christ.

    "The Scriptures speak of 'repentance unto life' (Acts 11:18). We turn from sin to the Savior. This is why Paul preached "repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ" (Acts 20:21). The first public word Jesus preached was 'repent' (Matthew 4:17). John the Baptist began his ministry the same way (Matthew 3:2). Jesus told His hearers that without repentance, they would perish (Luke 13:3).

    "If belief is all that is necessary for salvation, then the logical conclusion is that one need never repent. However, the Bible tells us that a false convert 'believes' and yet is not saved (Luke 8:13); he remains a 'worker of iniquity.' Look at the warning of Scripture: 'If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth' (1 John 1:6). The Scriptures also say, 'He that covers his sins shall not prosper, but whoso confesses and forsakes them [repentance] shall have mercy' (Proverbs 28:13). Jesus said that there was joy in heaven over one sinner who 'repents' (Luke 15:10). If there is no repentance, there is no joy because there is no salvation.

    "When Peter preached on the Day of Pentecost, he commanded his hearers to repent 'for the remission of sins' (Acts 2:38). Without repentance, there is no remission of sins; we are still under His wrath. Peter further said, 'Repent . . . and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out' (Acts 3:19). We cannot be 'converted' unless we repent. God Himself 'commands all men everywhere [leaving no exceptions] to repent' (Acts 17:30). Peter said a similar thing at Pentecost: 'Repent, and be baptized every one of you' (Acts 2:38).

    "If repentance wasn’t necessary for salvation, why then did Jesus command that repentance be preached to all nations (Luke 24:47)? With so many Scriptures speaking of the necessity of repentance for salvation, one can only suspect that those who preach salvation without repentance are strangers to repentance themselves, and thus strangers to true conversion."

    These powerful statements from the Word of God (and the exhortation from the Evidence Bible) reflect the kind of repentance David expresses in this psalm. 

    I pray anyone who believes in Jesus but has not repented of their sin would do that and call on the name of the Lord in faith and be saved. 

    ~ Puritan Prayers ~

    "Give Me Faith" by David Clarkson

    "Lord, give me faith, or else I die.

    What misery it is to be under divine wrath! How unavoidable the misery of those who are under abiding wrath!

    What joy can I have in any enjoyment, when your wrath is mixed with all? What comfort can my life be to me, if your wrath hangs continually over me?

    Bring my soul out of this mire and clay, out of unbelief, out of the pit where there is no water, no comfort, no refreshment, and no relief.

    Lord, give me faith, or else I will never see life. Give me faith, or else I will be forever miserable."

    (Excerpt taken from Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans)

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