ON OUR KNEES – LEARNING FROM MEN OF PRAYER
PRAYING WITH DAVID - Part #2
LESSON #7 – DAVID
(A complete lesson)
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?