Restoration to Ministry by God (Part 3)

Psalm 51:13-19

David has experienced the consequences of his sin in a painful and debilitating way.

David has confessed his sins before God.
David has been cleansed from his sin.
  • God has removed his sin - verse 7.
  • God has restored his joy - verse 8-9.
  • God has renewed his spirit - verse 10.

The question that looms in my mind, is why did God restore a sinner like David who had a total moral collapse?

Was it because David was a man after God’s own heart?

Was it because David really repented of his sin?

Was it because sin had ruined David’s life?

Was it because David knew how to pray well?

All of those are good reasons for our human minds, who think that life is about us.

But I believe theologically it was more about God’s purpose and plan for David’s life.

I believe God would not allow Satan to get the last word concerning a child of His.

Psalm 23:3, “He restoreth my soul, he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”

He restoreth my soul is to restore my life.
  • Who gave us our life? God did!
  • There is God’s purpose attached to our lives.
Col. 1:16, says everything was made by Him and for Him!

God told Jeremiah the prophet while you were still in your mother’s womb, I purposed your life.

My brothers and sisters, the deep theological reason God restores our lives is because of his purpose for our lives!

God made David and gave him a purpose bigger than David.

It’s not just about what we do, its about God’s purpose for our lives.

God restores our life to give us a second chance to renew our commitment to God.

Our theme: commitment to the great commandment and commission.

In the text David renews his commitment to God.

Verse 13, “Then will I teach transgressors thy ways and sinners shall be converted unto thee."

David said my commitment was weak and flimsy but if you restore the joy of my salvation and uphold me with the power of the Holy Spirit. 

My commitment to you will be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the LORD.

David is saying give me another chance and I will get it right!

David response to God’s goodness toward us even when we have been very bad toward him.

David’s response to God’s restoration is to serve him through ministry, worship, evangelize, discipleship and fellowship.

David’s response to God’s restoration is a renewed commitment.
  1. Renewed commitment to discipleship - vs.13a
  2. Renewed commitment to evangelism - vs. 13b
  3. Renewed commitment to worship - vs. 14-15
  4. Renewed commitment to fellowship - vs.16-19

When God brings us up out of muck and the miry clay and established our going and place our feet on a solid rock and put a new song in our mouth.

Renewed commitment is what God expects from us.

We too like David ought to commit to God as an act of gratitude for his grace and his mercy he has given to us.

  1.  A renewed commitment to discipleship - vs.13a
“Then, will I teach transgressors thy ways.”
  1. A disciple is one who has been taught by God and now he teaches others.
  • David says I’ve learned you mean what you say, and you say what you mean.
  • I’ve learned there are consequences to sin.
  • I’ve learned the hurt and pain that sin brings.
  1. Disciples follow Christ and encourages others to follow Christ.
  2. I will teach transgressors thy ways.
  • For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction.
  • There is a way that seems right, but it leads to death.
  • Ministry of discipleship is leading people from the gates of hell to the door of heaven.
David is now a changed man and changed men changes other men.
  1. Renewed commitment to evangelism - vs. 13b
“Sinners shall be converted unto thee.”
Through David’s ministry of discipleship sinners shall be converted.
  1. Ministry of evangelism is telling the world “The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life”
  2. Ministry of evangelism is telling them” God say come now and let us reason together saith the LORD though your sins be as scarlet they shall be as white as snow though they be red like crimson they shall be as wool.”
  3. God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosever believes in him should not perish but have ever lasting life.
  • I will tell sinners about your grace and mercy.
  •  Renewed commitment to worship - vs. 14
David is saying before I can worship in spirit and in truth I need you God to deliver me from this guilt and shame!
  1. Deliver me from the guilt of shedding blood so I can worship you in spirit and in truth.
  2. Erase the guilt and shame of killing Uriah and taking his wife, so I can worship you with all my heart.
  3. Free me to worship you my mind needs to be on you and nothing else.
When you deliver me God! Worship will flow!
  1. My tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
  • Worship is singing to God.
  • Worship is singing about God’s righteousness.
  • Worship is to adore him for his righteousness.
  1. Every time worship takes place praise, shows up- vs. 15.
  • Open thou my mouth and your praise shall go forth.
  • Hallelujah is the highest praise it is reserved for God and him only.
  1. Renewed commitment to fellowship - vs.16-19
a. David now knows that being king does not please God.
b. David now knows that being a great warrior does not please God.
c. David now knows that silver and gold does not please God.
Verse 16, “For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it thou delightest not in burnt offering."
  • Money can’t impress God.
  • Education can’t empress God.
  • Social status can’t empress God.

David says stuff and things do not please you if it had I would have given it.
Verse 17, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou will not despise,”
  • A broken spirit
  • A broken heart
  • A contrite heart
  • God will not reject a repentant heart and spirit.
God really can’t use us until he breaks us, He has to break our will and his will become our will.

Renewed fellowship takes place when we trust and obey there is no other way to be happy in Jesus than to trust and obey.

Renewed fellowship is to renew the love relationship with Jesus.

He is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.

What a friend we have in Jesus all our sins and grief to bear! What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!