Ever fail the Lord and foul up! I have… I failed the Lord and sinned! I fell flat on my face and did it again! You, like me, may have promised yourself (and God) you wouldn’t… but you did! And this wasn’t the first time this had happened! You feel awful… you feel condemned! You know you don’t deserve forgiveness, but you need it… You need it big time! Those were some of my thoughts today as I read Psalm 51.
Listen to some of David’s prayer for forgiveness after his terrible failure and sin with Bathsheba…
“Have mercy on me, O God, because of your loyal love! Because of your great compassion, wipe away my rebellious acts! Wash away my wrongdoing! Cleanse me of my sin! For I am aware of my rebellious acts; I am forever conscious of my sin… You desire integrity in the inner man; you want me to possess wisdom… Grant me the ultimate joy of being forgiven! … Hide your face from my sins! Wipe away all my guilt! Create for me a pure heart, O God! Renew a resolute spirit within me! Do not reject me! Do not take your Holy Spirit away from me! Let me again experience the joy of your deliverance! Sustain me by giving me the desire to obey! … Certainly you do not want a sacrifice, or else I would offer it; you do not desire a burnt sacrifice. The sacrifices you desire are a humble spirit— O God, a humble and repentant heart you will not reject!” (from Psalm 51 the NET Bible)
You know what? God hears prayers like that and he honors them!
Here’s what Apostle John had to say about it… 1 John 1:8–9 (NIV) “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness!” And to that I say, “Whew! Praise the Lord!