“Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins. Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin. For I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night. Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight. You will be proved right in what you say, and your judgment against me is just. For I was born a sinner— yes, from the moment my mother conceived me. But you desire honesty from the womb, teaching me wisdom even there. Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me— now let me rejoice. Don’t keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt. Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. Then I will teach your ways to rebels, and they will return to you. Forgive me for shedding blood, O God who saves; then I will joyfully sing of your forgiveness. Unseal my lips, O Lord, that my mouth may praise you. You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one. You do not want a burnt offering. The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God. Look with favor on Zion and help her; rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Then you will be pleased with sacrifices offered in the right spirit— with burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings. Then bulls will again be sacrificed on your altar.” Psalms 51:1-19 NLT
We all sin, but what sets us apart from others is when we recognize our sin though we may want to sin, can sin, and even do sin. We allow our lives to be changed and permeated by God and the Holy Spirit. We allow his will to be done. We are willing and do cut off the sin in our lives. Sometimes it comes creeping back but it’s when we let it in. Even in those moments when we choose to turn away from it. We’re choosing to turn away. Then we come back realizing our sin. Calling the sin a sin and then we repent turning away from it and asking for forgiveness. Confess and repent. This is what we see in the passage. The heart of a Christian repenting and confessing their sins. Not giving up hope but having full confidence in God and his plan and the relationship you have with him.
This post first appeared on my personal website.