Friday, March 5, 2010

Repentance and Restoration (Psalm 51)

Do you have any good "restoration stories"? (cars, houses, relationships, etc.)

What types of emotions result when a broken relationship is restored? Why is it often so difficult to restore a broken relationship?

What kinds of things cause our relationship with God to be broken? How do we restore our relationship with God?

Read Psalm 51:1-6. Which of these verses make the biggest impression on you? Why?

What character traits does David use to describe God in these verses? How does David speak of himself in these verses? Do your feelings about yourself ever seem similar to David's?

Read Psalm 51:7-12. What does David want God to do for him?

In verse 12, David talks about the "joy of salvation". Have you ever experienced the joy of salvation? How would you describe it?

Have you ever had a time when you felt that God "restored" your relationship with Him? How did you respond?

Read Psalm 51:13-19. Verses 13-15 talk about how we respond after God forgives us. Do you think most Christians spend enough time telling others what God has done for them? Why or why not?

When God forgives our sins, what should we tell others about that experience? In your own words, how would you describe God's forgiveness?

What is one key thought you have as a result of looking over this Psalm?

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