Mercy – not giving punishment that is deserved; help for someone who is helpless
Time I was conceived – the time David started growing as a baby
Salvation – being rescued and protected from trouble
Righteousness – being and doing what is good and right
Repentant – turning away from what is wrong
Sacrifices – things given up, gifts offered to God that are costly
Burnt offering – a type of animal sacrifice offered to God
- What kind of effect do you think David’s sin had on his relationship to God?
- How did David feel about himself?
- What did David pray for God to do? Why?
- What defense did David have for his actions?
- Did David think his sin was a “once in a lifetime” mistake? Why do you think so?
- What does David deserve from God?
- What is the need that David feels in each verse? What does he desire from God?
- When David’s relationship with God is restored, what will be the result?
- What is the sacrifice David says is pleasing to God?
- What do we learn about the effects of sin on a person from this prayer?
- How is relationship restored?
David’s sins were terrible. But would we have acted differently if we were in the same situation of power?