Tuesday, March 3, 2015
confession of sin matters
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
This is the cry of every sinner that repents. Sin stains us. It dirties our existence. We cannot wash away the clinging filth of sin on our own. We need the purifying forgiveness of God to make us truly clean. And only in repentance and faith can this prayer be made to God.
David prayed this prayer struggling on his way back to God after a multitude of high magnitude sins dominated his life. The entire psalm is a confession throwing himself on the mercies and forgiveness that only God can give a murderer, adulterer, and conspirator. If David longed to get a clean heart again, his only hope of it was for God to create it within him. He knew that on his own he was incapable of that sort of renewal in his spirit. He wanted to be pure. He trusted God to do the cleansing of his sin.
Confession of our own sinfulness is good for us. It makes us humble. It keeps our perspective upon a holy God. It focuses our attention on the work that God can do in us as we repent, believe, receive His forgiveness, and let God change us to be holy as He is holy.