God Hears A Sinner’s Prayer of Repentance

In the Old Testament, Isaiah begins his autobiography by recording the death of his king:  “In the year King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne; high and lifted up, and the train of his robe filled the temple.”   Isaiah 6:1

If you are a student of the “Begots”, without reading any further into the Scriptures, you know the reason for King Uzziah’s demise.  Usually, when a name or its derivative is first mentioned in Scripture, its definition is also given.  King Uzziah’s name denotes that he breached a sacred law of God.  In another place, the Bible gives this definition of the name:  “Then the anger of the Lord was aroused against Uzza, and He struck him because he put his hand to the ark; and he died there before God.”  1 Chron. 13:10

It is not known ‘what died’ in the sinner’s life to cause him (or her) to pray a prayer of repentance; but it is known with assurance that God heard it, mainly because the sinner sincerely prayed to God with God’s own words recorded in a comparative analyses of  the Psalms.

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Psalm 51

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.   V. 1

Psalm 139

O Lord, you have searched me and know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.     V. 1, 2

Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.    V. 2 Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord.   V. 4
For I acknowledge my transgressions; and my sin is ever before me.   V. 3 You hem me in—behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.  V. 5, 6
Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight,… V. 4a Where can I go from your Spirit?  Where can I flee from your presence?  V. 7
 …so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge.          V. 4b If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.  V. 11, 12
Surely, I have been a sinner from birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.  V. 5 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  V. 13
Surely, you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place.  V. 6 I will praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.  V. 14, 15a
Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.  Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice.  Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.   V. 7, 8, 9 When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body.  All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.     V. 15b, 16
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  V. 10 Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord, and abhor those who rise up against you?  I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies.         V. 21, 22
Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.  V. 11 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God.  How vast is the sum of them!     V. 17
Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.  V. 12 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you. V. 18
Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you.  V. 13 If only you would slay the wicked, O God!  Away from me, you bloodthirsty men!      V. 19
Save me from bloodguilt, O God, the God who saves me, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.    V. 14 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.  If I rise on the wings of the dawn, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.  V. 8, 9, 10
O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.  You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.  The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.     V. 15, 16, 17 For they (the wicked) speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name.  V. 20
In your good pleasure make Zion prosper; build up the walls of Jerusalem.  V. 18 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  V. 23
Then there will be righteous sacrifices, whole burnt offerings to delight you; then bulls will be offered on your altar.  AMEN!  V. 19 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.  AMEN!  V. 24

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Scripture Epilogue…

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I live in the body I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself up for me.   Galatians 2:20 NIV

“He was handed over to die because of our sins and he was raised to life to make us right with God.   Romans 4:25 New Living Bible

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