Steps to True Repentance | Psalm 51:1-6
Today’s Passage: Psalm 51:1-6
Key Verses: Psalm 51:1-2
For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.
Psalm 51 is David’s prayer after his great sin of adultery. Here we find seven important steps to true repentance. Let’s start with these three.
1. Repentance is based on the character of God. True repentance begins with a plea for mercy based on God’s unfailing love and great compassion. We desire what we don’t deserve.
2. Repentance acknowledges that all sin is ultimately against God. Focusing on people leads to rationalizing my sin. My spouse wasn’t “meeting my needs,” so I had an affair. Someone “caused” me to sin. However, true repentance understands that sin is primarily against the heavenly Father.
3. Repentance accepts the consequences of sin. The hard truth is that sin brings consequences, even forgiven sin. David professed that God’s verdict is right and his judgments are fair.
Father, help us realize that our sin is against you. Don’t let us blame our sin on others. We humbly ask that you give us what we don’t deserve. We base our prayer for forgiveness on your unfailing love and your great compassion. In Jesus’ name. Amen.