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Have you ever heard the phrase “Confession is good for the soul”?
David bottled up his sin for around 9 months until Nathan confronted him. Psalm 51 is David’s prayer of confession. It came after he was confronted. In his confession, David makes 3 major requests. Today we will look at the first two:
1. Cleanse Me.
David felt dirty. He felt defiled because of what he had done. He had crossed over the line God had drawn; he had missed the mark and gave into sin. He willingly rebelled against God. It was deliberate rebellion.
Read through Psalm 51 and pay attention to the words that describe how David felt.
David sinned against a lot of people: Bathsheba, Uriah, and more! Ultimately, David sinned against God.
We too need cleansing. We are able to be made clean because of the work of Jesus on the cross. Check out 1 John 1:5-10.
2. Restore Me.
Sin affected every part of his life: his eyes (v. 3), mind (v. 6), ears and bones (v. 8), heart and spirit (v. 10), hands (v. 14) and lips (vv. 13-15).
David knew that there was a high price for his low living! He asked for more than cleansing; he wanted his entire life to be restored so he could serve God well. He wanted the joy of God to be within him.
David asked for something big – a new heart.
If you could ask God to do anything today, what would you ask him to do? Let’s follow David’s example and ask God to cleanse us and recreate us.
See you tomorrow!