1Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. 2Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. (Psalm 51:1-2)
This powerful chapter in the book of Psalms is King David’s transparent confession. We could meditate on many things in this chapter; and you would do well to study it completely. However, there are times when we must move far beyond a thirst for understanding a passage and move toward a life-altering experience. Sometimes, all it takes is one verse or two to capture us and navigate us to repentance. David paid a high price for his sin with Bathsheba and subsequent judgement. However, the result of his brokenness has left us with this beautiful song from one who decided to come clean.
Repentance is a personal thing which must be experienced, and if experienced can be shared with others. We can study the path toward repentance and break it down into its parts, but we often avoid repenting ourselves. Studying repentance is not the same thing as truly repenting. Observing what others have done in their personal walk with the Lord is not on the same level with personally engaging our own contrite spirit. Where are you today? Are you studying for more knowledge, or striving for the Holy One to break you and reveal your sin to you? This will lead to your honest confession and deliverance.
Today is the only day you are promised and tomorrow is nothing more than a dream in the making. Between today and tomorrow, there is no better place to land …in honest, open brokenness before the King of Kings. Take the time to act upon what you have read. Give a wide path in your heart to the nudge of the Holy Spirit.
If, indeed, sin is brought before you, stay long enough with Him to fully acknowledge it, and completely repent. Now is the time to come clean and begin again. Don’t try to begin anew before coming clean. Acting like nothing is wrong and trying to serve your way out of sin’s clutches will not take you anywhere other than to despair and burnout. Once you are up to date with confession and repentance, you will be ready to serve freely and be used greatly.