Ever sin and fail the Lord – doing something that He forbids or that you know displeases Him? Once? Maybe twice? Perhaps three times? More?
Psalm 51 is the sincere, heartfelt acknowledgement [confession] of sin by David after he plotted the death of Uriah and his adulterous affair with Bathsheba (see II Samuel 11-12). Because we all have sinned Psalm 51 gives us great guidance about how to pray when we sin and fail the Lord. It also provides great hope for the person who has sinned (especially when coupled with what I John 1:5-10 says).
But it’s easy to draw the false conclusion that the episode with Uriah and Bathsheba is the only time David sinned and failed the Lord. That simply is not true! In fact, Scriptural evidence, points to the fact that David sinned several times!
This morning, during my time of “Coffee with the Lord,” I read of another occasion when apparently David had sinned and his confession [acknowledgment of his sin] and his appeal for forgiveness. It’s recorded for us in Psalm 38 and here is a sampling of what he said…
“O Lord, rebuke me not in Your anger, nor discipline me in your wrath! … My iniquities have gone over my head; like a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me… I am feeble and crushed! I groan because of the tumult of my heart. Oh Lord, all my longing is before you; my sighing is not hidden from you… For you, O Lord, I wait; it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer! …. I confess my iniquity! I am sorry for my sin! … Do not forsake me, O Lord! O my God, be not far from me! Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation! (From Psalm 38)
What a prayer! This should give us all hope! David had to come to the Lord on more than one occasion and so will we! He forgives! He cleanses! He is merciful! Here it is right out of the Bible… “If we confess [acknowledge] our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness!” (I John 1:9) And to that I give a big sigh of relief and say, “Praise the Lord!” You too?