‘I’m . . . uh . . . sorry’
(The Philippine Star) - August 10, 2015 - 10:00am

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 and their subsequent confessions. Perhaps it’s 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; Ps. 32:3-5) – pleads for mercy.

He 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 (vv.7-10), and he celebrated his restoration through service and worship (vv.11-17).

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!              — Dave Branon

Dear Lord, 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.

READ: Psalm 51:1-17

Confession is agreeing with God about our sin.

The Bible in one year:

• Psalms 81-83; Romans 11:19-36

ACIRC CONFESSION DAVE BRANON DEAR LORD GOD KING DAVID NBSP ONLY GOD SIN SINS THANK YOU
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