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29th January 2023


Blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin. Psalm 51:1-2

The news is quick to report all the details of famous people’s wrongdoings (biblically sins) and their subsequent confessions. Perhaps it is an athlete who was arrested for driving while drunk. Or it could be a politician caught in an indiscretion. Only God knows the heart, but when we hear a stuttered “I’m . . . uh . . . sorry,” we may wonder if they are truly repentant or just sorry they got caught.

When we read the confession of the famous King David, we see what looks like genuine contriteness. In his public discussion of his sins in Psalm 51, this disgraced monarch, who had an embarrassing record of flagrant sins which he had kept hidden (2 Sam 12:1-13), pleads for mercy; God's mercy.

David recognized that his sin was an affront to God—not just to people—and that God alone can judge him (Ps 51:1-6). He realized that he must be cleansed by God (v7-10), and then we read that he celebrated his restoration through service and worship (v11-17).

All of us sin and fall short of God’s glory. When we feel the heavy burden of sin weighing us down, we have the blessing of confession and forgiveness (1 John 1:9) to lift us up. Isn’t it just like our great God to turn even our sins into an opportunity to grow in His grace and power and love!

Confession is agreeing with God about our sin.


Psalm 51:1-17.


Dear Lord and Heavenly Father, please give me a humble heart and the courage to confess my sins before You and others. Thank You for Your promise to be faithful to forgive my sins and to cleanse me. In Christ's name, I pray. Amen.



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