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Delivered By
Pastor Jack Peters
Delivered On
January 10, 2021 at 10:30 AM
Central Passage
Psalm 51:1-15


AM 1/10/21

Born-again Christian, what do we do when the joy is gone?

  • When we lack enthusiasm for the Lord
  • When we worry more than we rejoice
  • When we lack excitement for Christ, His presence, His Power His Word, His people, and His Great Commission.
  • When life is a drag 
  • When we terrified or distraught about current events and the future.
  • When the threat of covid19 looms over our head and we live in fear

In Psalm 51, the joy was gone for David, His sin had been recently exposed by the Prophet Nathan and was forced to deal with his sin.

David’s sin was grievous. He committed adultery with a beautiful woman named Bathsheba, while her husband Uriah was out fighting for David. When she became pregnant, he tried to get unsuspecting husband to sleep with her, but God did not let that happen. Then, he had Uriah killed in battle by the enemy, and took Bathsheba as his own wife.

We are not surprised when we read in 2 Samuel 11:27, “But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord.”

Now you may have never committed adultery and you probably have not literally murdered someone. But we all do things that displease the Lord. 1 John 1:8, 10

If we do not deal with these things, we will be miserable. Psalm 32:3-4, Romans 7:18-19 – David’s joy was gone!

So, what did David do? He finally dealt with his sin, as Psalm 51 shows us. He was forgiven but had to live with some serious consequences. 2 Samuel 12:9-15

So, what do we do when the joy is gone? We follow David’s example is Psalm 51.

REPENT – Psalm 51:1-6

David was a saved man. He was a man after God’s own heart. He was a man of faith. John 3:5-6, 14-16

As a believer, David admitted his sin to God and repented.

REQUEST – Psalm 51:7-12

Vs. 7 – Isaiah 1:18, 1 John 1:9

Vs. 11 – David was not afraid of losing his salvation, but his fellowship and right relationship with God.                           Ephesians 4:30-32, 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22

Have faith, have obedience. No faith, no obedience.

Vs. 12 – willing Spirit, either my spirit being willing, or the willingness of the Holy Spirit working in us.

RESULTS – Psalm 51:13-15

 Vs. 13 – 2 Corinthians 5:18-19, Acts 1:8

Vs. 14 – Our tongues should sing and speak His righteousness. If Philippians 1:21 is true, this is too!

Vs. 15 – Hebrews 12:28, 29, Hebrews 13:14-16


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