Monday, April 09, 2007

Out of the Depths

Out of the Depths: Restoring Fellowship with God by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones is a small book on repentance, and what that means for a non-believer or for a believer. Dr. Lloyd-Jones uses Psalm 51 to take his audience through the steps of repentance, and to show what repentance looks like and what is the result of it.

When a person repents, one sees these characteristics:
1. an awakening.
2. realization of the need for forgiveness; turning to God; desiring God's mercy.
3. knowledge of a need for rebirth and a new nature.

The consequences of repentance are these:
1. the possession of joy and gladness.
2. distrust of self and realization of the power of God.
3. desire to live for God's glory, and a longing for others to be able to do the same.

I think the book may have been intended primarily for non-believers, but I enjoyed it very much as a study aid in looking closely at Psalm 51.

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Blogger Wool Winder said...

Psalm 51 is indeed beautiful and we can glean many lessons from it. The story behind it also teaches us that there are consequences to sin, even though there is repentance and forgiveness.

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