Heart to Heart – Session 5
Session 5 questions
- Share a story in your life where you have offered forgiveness to another.
- Share a story in your life where you have received forgiveness from another.
- Consider mercy as an essential component of the works of justice. Any examples in the world?
Psalms of Lament:
44, 60, 74, 79, 80, 85 and 90
6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130 and 143
The Hallel (Praise) Psalms:
113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118 and 136
The Psalms of Ascent:
For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.
1 Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your merciful love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me completely from my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.
3 My transgressions, truly I know them;
my sin is always before me.
4 Against you, you alone, have I sinned
what is evil in your sight I have done;
so you are just in your sentence
without reproach in your judgement.
5 I see in guilt was I born,
a sinner when my mother conceived me.
6 Yes, you delight in sincerity of heart;
in secret, you teach me wisdom.
7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I shall be pure;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity.
10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
so that sinners will turn back to you.
14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
you who are God my Savior,
and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
15 Open my lips, Lord,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 My sacrifice, O God, isb] a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart
you, God, will not despise.
18 May it please you to prosper Zion,
to build up the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,
in burnt offerings offered whole;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.