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March 3, 2019 – Cry of the Heart in Biblical Confession by Dr. Glenn Jago

Cry of the Heart in Biblical Confession

Psalm 51

Some believers obsessover sin, whileothers ignore it. Neither position, however, supports the identity of the genuine believer in Christ. Even though the believer is no longer under the penalty and power of sin, unmistakably, the ongoing presence of sin is still a reality. It is important not to limit the sufficiency of the atonement of Christ, nor to underestimate the captivity “to the law of sin that dwells in my members” (Romans 7:21-24).

Psalm 51 presents David’s path to restoration after committing adultery and murder. When confronted by Nathan the prophet, he faced a choice whether to ignore his sin and continue to allow his soul and physical body to deteriorate or turn to the gracious, merciful, and enduring love of the Savior God. Thankfully, David received God’s cleansing and now teaches us how to deal with our sin.

There is an accurate way to view the confession of sin without weakening the legitimacy of our identity in Christ. The cry of the heart to Jesus Christ comes through the process and then the promise.


  1. The appeal for deliverance from sin – Psalm 51:1-2
  2. The awareness of the debt of sin – Psalm 51:3-6
  3. The answer against the defilement from sin – Psalm 51:7-12
  4. The appropriate response of the deliverance from sin – Psalm 51:13-19


  1. The assurance of atonement is Christ’s sacrifice
  2. The ability of atonement is God’s acceptance of Christ’s sacrifice
  3. The application of atonement is Christ’s resurrection

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