The Confrontation

Day 1

Read Psalm 6

This week we will be looking at 5 Psalms from David that are listed as the “penitential psalms.”  I had never heard of it and David seems to be the only one that writes them in the Psalms, but basically it means “feelings sorrow” psalms.  So these are Psalms he wrote when he was confessing sins and asking for forgiveness.  David was good at this discipline and I tend to stink at it.  So it will do me some good to spend time looking at these.  No, it won’t be exciting and energy giving, but the Bible is more than those things.  

After reading this Psalm, how would you write these ideas about your life and what you are currently confessing to God that He has revealed to you?

This is a personal question, but it is for your own personal reflection, but what was the last sin you confessed to God and repented of?  

How did you do it?

How could you have done it differently after reading this Psalm?

How does this become your prayer for today?

Day 2

Read Psalm 32

This is a simple confession Psalm.  David doesn’t seem to add too much here or mince words too much.  He lays it all out and confesses he messed up. 

Let’s work through the heart of the Psalm a bit.

How do you “acknowledge” sins to God?

Do you struggle with that? Why or why not?

How do you cover over, or tend to want to cover over your sins?

What does it mean to confess your sins?

The idea of God “forgiving our iniquities” means that He “carries” them.  What does that mean and how is it helpful to think about?

Why not share some of the thoughts on the app with the others that are following the devotions?

Day 3

Read Psalm 38

This is a Psalm that David wrote about the constant trouble he finds himself in.  Maybe it was while he was running from Saul or maybe it was after he had become king. Maybe it was after his sin with Bathsheba as he watched his household unravel and troubles started to pop up everywhere.  We don’t really know.  But, in this Psalm, David realizes that the troubles that seem to be following him are really a result of his own mistakes.  This is where the sorrow he unloads comes from.  But the ending is important.  

David gets pretty graphic in this confession, but I wonder if there is anything here that you can relate to personally?  Have you ever felt any of these feelings in your struggles?

I know we don’t want to say that all trouble we experience is because of our sins, but at the same time, we have all felt the pressure of realizing that the mess that I am in or keep finding myself in, is a result of who I have become or what I have done.  How has that been true for you?

What about how David ends this Psalm really helps you in thinking about this heavy idea?

Day 4

Read Psalm 102

David really amps up the feelings here.  It seems like he is exaggerating or being dramatic if I am being honest.  I wish I could hate my sin this much and really get a piece of that perspective!  

Have you ever been able to relate to David’s expressed feelings in the first 12 verses here?  What was going on and what was that like?

When you read 26-28, what does this make you see in your mind?

How is this perspective helpful in life?  How can it be helpful for you today?

What do our repentance from sins have to do with the next generation as David brings it up here?

How does this become your prayer for today?

Day 5

Read Psalm 143

My study Bible says that this is a penitential psalm because it is an individual lament in which a person’s troubles makes him aware of his own sins.  Maybe you have to reread it to get that perspective? Maybe you got it.  I didn’t, the first pass or two.  

Verse 2 says “Enter not into judgment with your servant, for no one living is righteous before you.”

What do you think David means here?

How are you not righteous and aware of it?  Be honest with yourself…no one else will get your thoughts!

David talks about remembering the things that God has done and been doing in life.  What are some things that you recall God has done in your life that would be helpful to remember today?

How does this perspective help in repenting from sins?

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