Read verses 6-7
Q: Besides David, who are additional biblical characters that prayed for the forgiveness of sin?
A: Moses and Daniel are prominent examples who began the process not by burning sacrifices but by engaging God in prayer. However, none is more preeminent than Christ Himself:
And forgive us our sins,
For we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.’”
— Luke 11:4
Q: What is implied in the caveat that one should pray to God “in a time when You may be found”?
A: At the highest level, the opportunity to come to Christ for forgiveness of sin will come to an end. At a more granular level, it probably also refers to seeking God at every opportunity, not just during appointed times associated with rituals or the operation of the Tabernacle/Temple. (For us today, it’s not waiting for a church service.)
Q: What do you suppose the reference to “a flood of great waters” means?
A: Think of the example of Noah: Those who remained in a right, forgiven relationship with God were saved in spite of the overwhelming flood which destroyed everyone else. Forgiveness of sin is the only real and valid “rescue” from God’s point of view since He sees what sin (or its forgiveness) will produce for us in eternity.
Q: Why do you suppose so many terms of protection are employed in v.7 to describe the state of the forgiven person, such as “hiding place”, “preserver”, and “surround”?
A: It conveys the teaching that Believers are not immune from the problems of this life, but protected.
Application: Beyond seeking forgiveness of sin, seek God’s protection from it.
- How seriously do you not just pray for forgiveness of sin, but seek God’s protection from it?
- Having obtained forgiveness, you don’t walk right back out into sin’s stronghold, do you?