Our need for being clean

Psalms 51:1-15
Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love.  Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins.  2 Wash me clean from my guilt.  Purify me from my sin.  3 For I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night. 4 Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight.  You will be proved right in what you say, and your judgment against me is just. For I was born a sinner—yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.  6 But you desire honesty from the womb,  teaching me wisdom even there.  7 Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. 8 Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me—now let me rejoice.  9 Don’t keep looking at my sins.  Remove the stain of my guilt.  10 Create in me a clean heart, O God.  Renew a loyal spirit within me.  11 Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.  Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.  13 Then I will teach your ways to rebels, and they will return to you.  14 Forgive me for shedding blood, O God who saves; then I will joyfully sing of your forgiveness. 15 Unseal my lips, O Lord, that my mouth may praise you.

Psalms 32:3
When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long.

1.  There is a NEED in our life for being clean.

2.  Cleansing Begins in the Heart.
David doesn’t say, “Change my behavior.”

3.  God Creates the Clean Heart.
2 Corinthians 5:17
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

Missional Analysis

·    People with no faith lie to themselves questioning what’s good about life and making up their own value system. They find a way to self-justify by redefining what’s actually bad to mean good. They explain things away. They live with a sense of entitlement. Defiance looks like no big deal because they really didn’t mean to defy. Besides, who’s there to defy? It’s wanting God out of the picture and marching to the beat of their own drum, eating whatever fruit from whatever tree they want to – AKA Adam and Eve.

·    People with damaged faith make up rules and regulations to cover up what they know to be bad. Their self-made rules become “good” ends in themselves. They find ways to hide what they’ve done. They live with a sense of guilt and shame. Defiance is hiding, pretending to be deaf and putting on clothes to cover up – AKA Adam and Eve.

·    People with active faith realize there is no good apart from God and that they’re in need of a much greater Person with the power over sin and death. Defiance is spitting in God’s face and ignoring him, and it’s wrong. Jesus is the only way and the hope for them to ever come face to face with their forever-loving, all-good Creator God. The great price was paid for the grace in their life through the blood and pain of Jesus on the cross and by the power of Jesus to rise from the grave. The Spirit of God is gradually making them more like Jesus so that they no longer want to defy God but obey God.

Justified or Defying God


·    How are you defying God right now? Why?
·    Has he called or positioned you for a specific mission, and you’re just hanging back? Clinging to the sidelines? Watching re-runs all day or chatting on the phone?
·    Are you “safely” getting your porn fix every day? Or your shopping fix? Gossip fix? Checklist fix? Power-hungry? Losing control of your anger on others? Using/abusing others emotionally, verbally, or physically? Manipulating situations or relationships for your own selfish ends?
·    Are your relationships suffering? Is your reputation/character shot? Do you see the bad in others before you see it in yourself? Are you distrusting of others?

Fallen Condition Focus
Since we are born into a world of sin with bodies full of sin, it is our nature to single-handedly trash God’s good gifts, his goodness, and even God himself, by looking out for number one. We’re zombies, devouring and destroying for ourselves all that God means for our good.

Gospel Response
Jesus Christ was born into this world to defeat sin and death, giving life to our dead bodies through his death on the cross and rising from the grave. God, who is rich in mercy with great love for us, has saved us by grace and raised us up with Christ! He’s made us alive together with him and prepared for us to reign with him. This is the ultimate gift of God – Himself! Christ took on our defiance of God’s goodness, and defied the law of sin and death by declaring us the ones who are justified in Him.

Just Words

2 Samuel 12:1-13
So the Lord sent Nathan the prophet to tell David this story: “There were two men in a certain town. One was rich, and one was poor. 2 The rich man owned a great many sheep and cattle. 3 The poor man owned nothing but one little lamb he had bought. He raised that little lamb, and it grew up with his children. It ate from the man’s own plate and drank from his cup. He cuddled it in his arms like a baby daughter. 4 One day a guest arrived at the home of the rich man. But instead of killing an animal from his own flock or herd, he took the poor man’s lamb and killed it and prepared it for his guest.”

5 David was furious. “As surely as the Lord lives,” he vowed, “any man who would do such a thing deserves to die! 6 He must repay four lambs to the poor man for the one he stole and for having no pity.”

7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are that man! The Lord, the God of Israel, says: I anointed you king of Israel and saved you from the power of Saul. 8 I gave you your master’s house and his wives and the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. And if that had not been enough, I would have given you much, much more. 9 Why, then, have you despised the word of the Lord and done this horrible deed? For you have murdered Uriah the Hittite with the sword of the Ammonites and stolen his wife. 10 From this time on, your family will live by the sword because you have despised me by taking Uriah’s wife to be your own.

11 “This is what the Lord says: Because of what you have done, I will cause your own household to rebel against you. I will give your wives to another man before your very eyes, and he will go to bed with them in public view. 12 You did it secretly, but I will make this happen to you openly in the sight of all Israel.”

13 Then David confessed to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”

His whole army is fighting a war, and where is King David? At home. Bathsheba is bathing, and where is King David? On his roof, playing the peeping tom. Uriah, Bathsheba’s husband and King David’s soldier, is fighting in a war, and where is King David? In bed with Uriah’s wife. Bathsheba is pregnant with King David’s child, and where is King David? Giving orders for Uriah’s death by being placed on the frontline of battle.

Here’s the “man after God’s own heart” completely defying the God who 1) helped him to defeat Goliath and company, 2) escape from “Mad King Saul”, and 3) made him king, lord-protector of God’s people.

Then, God sends Nathan to speak with King David. Nathan tells him of a wealthy sheep owner taking the one, family-raised ewe lamb of a poor man. The wealthy man took it and sacrificed it for his own purposes, to entertain a houseguest. David becomes enraged: “What! Nobody does this and gets away with it in my kingdom! Who is it? I will ensure justice is done in this case.” And Nathan speaks in God’s behalf, “You are the man! Look what you’ve done with what I’ve given you. You treat me like you treated Uriah. You’ve despised me in all that you’ve done. Oh, and by the way, this is my Kingdom.” Outright defiance of God and his gifts. Of course, David is broken. David bears a consequence, but he still has the hope of redemption because of what a better King David will come to do: Jesus Christ, our King of Glory, has come to die on a cross for our defiance of God and rise from the grave to give us redemption, all for the justice and mercy of God. We have just defied God, and Jesus has justified our new life in him.