Read Psalm 51: 1-3
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
How do you handle your sin?
Sin. Some of us claim we don’t do it. Some of us don’t believe there is sin. Some of us sit around and wallow in sorrow over the sins we’ve committed. But how should we really handle the sin in our lives? I encourage you to read all of David’s Psalm 51 because it shows us just what we should do when we sin.
First, we have to be aware of our sins and confess them to God. In verse 3, David says, “For I know my transgressions and my sin is always before me.” He knows what he has done, and he calls it sin. David says, “Surely I was sinful at birth” (v.5). We were all born into sin. So we can’t say there is no such thing or that we haven’t done it. In Adam, we are all sinners. But in Christ, we are all forgiven and redeemed.
Second, our sin should break our hearts. We should feel sorry for our sins. In verse 17, David says, “A broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.” If we understand the impact of our sin, it should break our hearts. But we should not just sit around and wallow in that heartbreak. Our broken hearts should drive us straight to God because He will not reject our pleas for mercy if we have the right attitude in our hearts.
Third, we have to turn back to God and seek His mercy. If you are wallowing in sorrow, you need to hear this. There is no sin that you can commit that is unforgivable unless you refuse to turn to God. Notice what David did. He pleaded for God to have mercy on him. He appealed to God’s steadfast love. Verses 1-2 says, “according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity...” His love is unfailing, and His compassion is great. Turn to Him.
Finally, turning away from our sins and back to God should bring us joy. Verse 8 says, “Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have crushed rejoice.” Our sin may feel crushing, but our deliverance should bring us joy!
Do you want the joy of your salvation restored? Confess, repent, and let God handle your sin.
Lord, you are a God of compassion and mercy. Thank you for your steadfast love and Your promise of forgiveness for those who turn to You. Amen.