The Evangelical Experience

Harry Buis

READ : Psalm 51:1-17

David was a godly man, but in a moment of weakness he committed a terrible sin. He had sex with another man’s wife. He tried to forget it, but he was miserable. Finally, the prophet confronted him. David poured out his heart, confessing his sin to God. In this psalm, he asks God to be merciful, to wash him clean from his guilt. He admits to his terrible sin and sinful nature.

David’s hope is in God’s “unfailing love” and “great compassion” (v. 1). His hope is built on his willingness to confess his sin. He knows that God loves a person with a broken spirit rather than a stubborn person who makes false excuses.

    He uses three words to describe his sins:
  • “transgressions,” a breaking of God’s law,
  • “iniquity,” crookedness, and
  • “sin,” missing the mark.

He realizes his sins hurt people, but they were ultimately sins against the person of God (v. 4).

What is the result of David’s heartfelt confession? He is able to teach others. He tells us God hates sin, and is compassionate also. He tells us that we must not create false excuses.

Have you committed some terrible sin? It troubles you. Confess it to God now and be clean.


Father, help us to be honest with you and then accept your wonderful forgiveness. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.