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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Prayers in the Bible: David asks for general forgiveness

Psalm 41:4 I said, “Yahweh, have mercy on me!
Heal me, for I have sinned against you.” (World English Bible, public domain)

Psalm 41, according to a note in the World English Bible, is a Psalm of David. From the context, it doesn't seem that it's about the sins connected with his adultery with Bathsheba (Psalm 51 is about that situation) but that this is a more general prayer, and one that we would do well to copy, frequently.

This is one of a series on prayers in the Bible. The last post is here.

Thanks for reading.

2 comments:

atlibertytosay said...

I think we forget this prayer.

We ask forgiveness FOR US to essentially not be punished for something we did.

We rarely tell God we are sorry ~ because a sin is hurtful to him.

I've heard a sin compared to this:

God gives you a dollar because you tell him you need it.

You tear the dollar in half and say, "Is that all?"

Now, think about how this would make you feel if you were walking down the street and had this same scenario happen when passed a homeless person with a "Down & Out" sign.

Would you feel betrayed or upset?

Why would we want to make God feel this way?

Every sin is a double down.

1) God's commandments for your life

2) GOD's commencement OF your life

Thank you for pointing this out.

Martin LaBar said...

Good preaching, atlibertytosay.

Thanks.