All of us can relate to the crushing impact of conviction in our life. This Psalm written by David is a response to conviction. It had consumed him as a result of committing adultery with Bathsheba and then arranging for the murder of her husband.
The way that David approaches God in this moment of desperation is simply beautiful. I cannot help but become emotional when reading this passage because I realize that the words of David should absolutely be my words. My sin is not the same as David’s, but the reality is that my sin is just that, sin. It is not what the sin is that matters, it is the actions that follow. No matter what that sin is the reality is that it is completely and totally against a holy and righteous God who is also abundant in mercy and steadfast love.
The sin in my life is what put my savior on the cross. Think about the sin in your life and remind yourself that Jesus died to pay for that purely out of love. That should be enough to bring you to your knees. What is so beautiful about the outcry of David is that he knows that he is wrong, but he also knows the character of God. He begs for God to cleanse him from his iniquities. Often we feel as though our sin disqualifies us from approaching God let alone serving him. David shows that this is untrue. He offers himself up to God as a servant. He begs to be used for His glory.
The bottom line is that we all sin, and we all need mercy and grace from a holy God. Will you look at your life today and confess your sin? Take a portion of your day ask God to cleanse your heart and to use you for His will.
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By: Dakota Gragg — Student Ministry Associate