Here is your word of the day on this fine Thursday! Many words come and go...this one has left the vernacular of our culture. Its definition is necessary for The Daily today. Contrite - Feeling of regret and sorrow for one’s sins or offenses; penitent. Praying that you may find joy in the freedom of repentance!
Praising our Jesus, Kim
CONNECT (Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ How often have you heard the word “sin” this week outside of church? In church? Why do you think that it, like contrite, is not used often in our daily discussions with the Lord and with one another?
_ What is one way the Lord is impacting the life of someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?
_ Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to highlight truth as you read.
DISCOVER Psalm 51
Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.
51 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy
blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,and cleanse me from my sin!
3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
4 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.
5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.
6 Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
9 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[b] 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.
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ What do we know about the context of this Psalm? (Title and text prior to verse 1)
_ God sent Nathan, the prophet and truth-teller, to King David - Many kings ignored, mocked, or killed God’s gracious messengers- How does David respond to this “truth-teller” in his life? See also 2 Samuel 12:1-15
_ In verses 1-6, how does David respond to God once the truth has been brought to the light?
_ What do you notice about David’s approach to God? Where do you see his humility? His expectant faith?
_How is this pattern of repentance one we can pattern in our own lives, regardless of the sin?
_ David asks for very specific things in verses 7-12. Name and reflect on the six things he asks the Lord to do.
_ Because of God’s gracious work, His daily presence, and His spirit at work in David, what three specific actions does David now intend to to take in verses 13-15?
_ What is the “right sacrifice” the Lord has revealed to David through His presence, His Spirit, the Word, and experience? See verses 16-19
_ Why might the Lord desire a broken and contrite heart? Can you think of a time of growth in your spiritual walk that might have been a result of a broken and contrite heart?
_ What good-news about Jesus (salvation, forgiveness, help, comfort) do we discover in this passage?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and respond to what I learned today with a simple concrete step of action/obedience? (In groups discuss this in guy/girl break-outs, below are a couple of ideas to help prompt responses if needed)
+ WHO are you walking with that you might pass along or encourage what you learned, with today? (e.g., your family around the dinner table, a friend, co-worker or neighbor you are walking with to discover the message Jesus)