David’s psalm of confession gives us three practical steps that can bring us back from failure.

Key Points:

  • Confess your mess. (Psalm 51:1-6.)
  • Cry out to God for help. (Psalm 51:7-10.)
  • Commit to honoring God. (Psalm 51:11-15.)

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Psalm 51:1-6  1 Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins. Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin.

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David’s Heart of Confession

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Small Group Questions
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. What is your favorite comeback story, and why?
  3. Retell the story of David and Bathsheba. List of David’s sins.
  4. Read Psalm 51:1-3. What are some words David uses to describe his sin? Which word is most striking to you? Explain.
  5. Read Psalm 51:4-6. What does David mean when he says to God, “Against you, and you alone, have I sinned”?
  6. Read Psalm 51:17. What is a “broken and repentant heart”? What is its opposite?
  7. Where do people in our society turn to find relief from the weight of sin and guilt? Why do those solutions fall short?
  8. Read Psalm 51:7-10. What does David believe God is able to do?
  9. Read Psalm 51:11-15. Describe what a “comeback” from sin looks like to David.
  10. What does a spiritual comeback look like to you?
  11. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

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