ON OUR KNEES – LEARNING FROM MEN OF PRAYER

 

PRAYING WITH DAVID - Part #2

LESSON #7 – DAVID

(A complete lesson)

 

INTERACTION

V     When and why do you find it hard to praise God?

V     When and why do you find it hard to admit you’re wrong?

V     How do you know when you have truly repented of something?

V     What connection do you see between praise and repentance?

 

We are looking at two more Psalms written by David that we can adapt for our own prayers. A clean heart is a requirement for sincere praise.

First we will look at Psalm 51, A Psalm of Penitence, and then Psalm 145, A Psalm of Praise.

 

 

Psalm 51 – DAVID’S PENITENCE

 

·       The heading to this Psalm tells us the occasion of its writing. What do you know about David and Bathsheba?

 

APPEAL FOR GOD'S MERCY Vss. 1-2

·       Why did David need mercy?

·       When and why do we need mercy? 

·       It is good when we remember how much mercy we need!

·       On what basis does God supply His mercy?

 

ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR SIN Vss. 3-6

·       What’s wrong with this confession, “If I have done anything wrong please forgive me”? Vs. 3

·       What makes sin so terrible? Vs. 4

·       Why is sin unavoidable? Is it always unavoidable? Vs. 5

·       What does verse 6 have to do with confession of sin?

 

ASK FOR GOD'S CLEANSING Vss. 7-14

·       Hyssop was a plant used as a kind of paintbrush. It was used to apply the blood of a sacrifice upon something. Vs. 7

·       What does verse 7 tell you about God’s cleansing when He forgives?

·       What happens when we allow sin to control our lives? Vs. 8

·       When God hides His face from our sins they are no longer seen by him.  When He blots them out, they are no longer on the record. Vs. 9

·       Why is a clean heart a miracle? Vs. 10

·       A right spirit is a “steadfast spirit”.  What is and why do we need a steadfast spirit? Vs. 10

·       What was David afraid of losing in verse 11?  Should we have the same concern?

·       According to verses 12-14, what will happen when God forgives me?

 

ABIDE IN GOD'S RIGHTEOUSNESS Vss. 15-19

1.     With a concert of praise – Vs. 15

2.     With a contrite heart – Vss. 16-17

3.     With concern for the well-being of God’s people – Vss. 18-19

 

PSALM 145– DAVID’S PRAISE      

 

·       Praise should always be a part of our lives.  This Psalm gives us at least 7 reasons for praising the Lord.

 

1. GOD'S POSITION - KING, Vss. 1-2

·       What does it mean when I say to God, “You are my God?”

·       What does it mean when I say, “You are my king?”

·       These two positions of God and king make Him worthy of my praise simply because He is far superior to me.

 

2. GOD'S POWER, Vss. 3-6

·       God’s greatness is unsearchable. Vs. 3

·       God’s greatness is to be shared. I do this when I praise Him publicly and tell others what He has done. Vss. 4-5

·       “I will declare thy greatness” is a personal commitment. Vs. 6

·       Why should we declare His greatness?

 

3. GOD'S PERSONALITY Vss. 7-9, 17

·       What personality traits are listed in these verses? Is there one that particularly impresses you?

 

4. GOD'S PREEMINENCE Vss. 10-13

·       How is God’s kingdom preeminent?

 

5. GOD'S PROVISION Vss. 14-16

·       How dependent on God is the world, whether the world realizes it or not?

·       How dependent on God are you? Are you aware of it?

 

6. GOD'S PRESENCE Vss. 18-19

·       Why is God’s presence such a blessing?

 

7. GOD'S PRESERVATION Vss. 20-21

·       How does Vs. 20 keep me from worrying?

 

 

 

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