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New Life Daily Devotion - Mar. 26, 2010

  • 2010 Mar 26

Confession Brings Mercy
Psalms 51

We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

Many of the wrongs we need to confess are shameful. They are kept in the dark because we can't bear to look at what they reflect about our human condition. We somehow know deep in our being that we have violated the way things "should have been." It sometimes takes the reflection of another person to help us see the truth about our actions.

Before the prophet Nathan confronted King David about his sins, David had gone on with his life as if nothing were wrong. After Nathan informed David of God's judgment because of his adultery with Bathsheba and his murder of her husband, Uriah, David responded by writing this psalm. "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" (Psalm 51:1-4).

It is human nature to want to cover our shameful deeds and to hide from God. When we are forced to face the reality of the situation, we can follow David's example. We can recall God's nature, which is full of love, kindness, and compassion. Then we should realize that we have sinned against God, not just another person, and we should recognize that God saw it all. After this, we must confess accordingly, accepting his verdict and sentence.

No sin is too great to be forgiven!