In the first part of the second session D. A. Horton explained how sin separates us from God, but he hasn’t planned it to stay that way. David, a man after God’s own heart, sinned against God. D. A. uses Psalm 51:1-6 to show how King David confessed his sin, repented of it, and received grace and mercy from God.
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.
Because God confronted David’s sin with the Gospel, he can receive grace and mercy. Likewise, when our sin is confronted with the Gospel, our sin is not just covered. It is REMOVED. Once we’re covered by Jesus’ blood, our slate is wiped clean. After receiving compassion and mercy, we are called to show compassion and mercy to others. It’s easy to point out the sin in other people’s lives, but we miss the sin in our own lives. D. A. tells us the call of being changed by the Gospel to show compassion and mercy to others as God shows it to us.