Forgiveness and Renewal

This week we study Psalm 51, a penitential psalm in which David confesses his horrific sins to God and repents. David powerfully describes the misery his sin has wrought in his life and the subsequent joy having been forgiven. He praises God for the restoration of his soul. The psalm also gives us a refreshing view of God’s grace. God is long suffering, slow to anger, and ready to forgive. And the good news of the gospel is that the gospel doesn’t end with mere pardon. No, God writes a new story in sin’s place, replacing what was broken and dead with wholeness and life.

CG questions:

  1. What is the difference between confession and repentance? In your relationship with Christ, do you usually stop at confession and fail to pursue repentance? What must repentance include?
  2. Based on what attributes/characteristics of God can we appeal to him for forgiveness?
  3. Why is all our sin foremost against God? What are the implications of this?
  4. When forgiven and restored, what does David say he will do? What should our response be to God forgiving our sin, cleansing us and renewing our heart? Why is worship a logical outcome of repentance and forgiveness?
  5. How is a holy God able to remain just in his justification of sinners? Use Scripture to explain.