V. 1 “ Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy, blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!”
David begins this Psalm with an honest confession. This Psalm was written after David had sinned against the Lord with Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11-12). He had sinned in murder, adultery, the covering of his sin, and in hardness against repentance. ”Have mercy on me, O God”, is the prayer of a man who knows he has sinned and has stopped all of the self- justification. This is a direct confession, a bold confession without excuse and with clarity in it.
“ This great song, pulsating with the agony of a sin-stricken soul, helps us to understand wonder of the everlasting mercy of our God.” - G. Campbell Morgan
Later on in this Psalm, we see David looking to God to cleanse him, and to restore him.
V.7-9“Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice. Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.”
David knew he could not cleanse himself, He needed God to do that work for him. The word purge that is mentioned above means ‘de-sin’. David is asking The Lord to literally de-sin him. David knew that God’s cleansing was the only thing that could remove the deep stain of his sin, and the only thing that could restore him. David felt the brokenness of his sin so deep, that he felt as if his bones were broken. The conviction of the Holy Spirit can be a powerful thing. And because David was confident that this was the work of the Holy Spirit, he prayed that this would lead to joy and gladness.
Philippians 4.4 “ Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.”
So many times, I see myself and others not coming before The Lord honestly. Confessing our sin to Him, without excuse, boldly approaching Him. The sooner we do this, and the sooner we realize God’s power to cleanse us, and restore us to Himself, the better we will be. It should not be a scary thing for us to do. God is wanting to be in relationship with you, He is wanting you to come before Him, in honestly, confessing what you need to! He loves you, and wants to restore you!
1 John 1.9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Love you all!