Confess And Be Restored
Gracious Lord, help me to be confident with being arrogant, sensitive without being overwhelmed and faithful to You.
Read Psalm 51
 For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.
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“While unconfessed sin will not break our union with God, it will break our communion with God” Alan Redpath, (1907–1989).
As I read the psalms in my daily devotions I hesitate when I come to this psalm. It is confronting to know I need to pray its confession regularly (1–9) even though I have not followed in King David’s path (2 Sam. 11,12). I also experience the overwhelming relief that confession and forgiveness bring, and I long for the kind of restoration the psalmist prays for (10–19). This keeps open the door to unfettered fellowship with God. A “broken and contrite heart” (17) is not taught in self-esteem workshops, and there is a danger that feeling the depths of our sinfulness can lead to despair if we are not aware of the remedy available. What saves us is Jesus’ cross, resurrection and ascension—all three. Hebrews calls this looking to Jesus, the one who has opened the way to God and continues to intercede for us. God’s grace enables the forgiven sinner to find acceptance and strength to live differently. Hebrews warns us that we need this promise of a way back to fullness of life. The corporate aspect introduced in verses 18 and 19 may seem strange, but hopefully it encourages us to foster communal confession—not common today in our churches. Old Testament stories of people’s joy after public acknowledgment of sin show the power of recognizing when people are hurting in our communities and then doing something about it. We can also be reminded that even apparently private sins interfere with all relationships. This is obvious for the bigger of David’s sins: murder impacts the extended family of the one killed and adultery robs children of a secure family life because the community is weakened when God’s guidelines for moral living are undermined. The same applies to the lesser sins of jostling for power, backbiting and favoritism that can undermine a church. Father, forgive and restore us!
Does this psalm speak to you? Respond to God’s convicting power and accept his forgiveness and restoration.
I thank You, Lord, that when I confess my sins, they are forgiven, forgotten, forever.