Turning Yourself In To God
Passage: Psalm 51–51
Community Group Questions: For Every Season - Psalm 51 -"Turning Yourself In To God"
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Read Psalm 51 together as a small group and then work through the following questions:
- Read the title at the top of chapter 51 and discuss how this event with Bathsheba and Nathan shaped this Psalm.
- In verses 1-2, what are the three figurative verbs used by David to express how he wants God to cleanse him?
- In verse 1, David is confident that these three actions (as seen in question #2) will take place, based on what two primary characteristics of God? How have you seen God display these two characteristics toward you in your life?
- In verse 4, why does David state that he has sinned against God only? What can we learn from his attitude about sin and our own offenses against God?
- Why does David choose to talk about being sinful while he was still in his mother’s womb (verse 5)?
- Verses 16-17 show us two specific ways man was to approach God before the time of Christ. What are they? What is the Biblical principle for us today concerning these two approaches?
- What does it look like for God to “break” you, and to be in a “broken” condition? Why is brokenness necessary in our lives for God to work (verse 10)? How have you seen God use your brokenness to reshape you?
Prayer exercise: Spend time in prayer confessing our shortcomings, thanking Him for His forgiveness, and praising Him for who He is!