Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
– Psalms 51:9-18
God referred to David as “A man after My own heart” (Acts 13:22) not because David never did wrong, but because he was genuinely penitent and broken before God whenever his error became bare to him. It takes humility to concede and acknowledge your wrong doing before God. It is the height of wisdom to confess such wrong doings before God and obtain mercy and cleansing.
When the prophet, Nathan, threw David’s sin at his face – the sin of masterminding the death of Uriah in order to take over his wife – David broke down in repentance and prayed some heartfelt prayers that have remained classic examples of genuine penitence and hunger for God. In verses 10-12 of our passage today, David cried, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.”
Search your heart and identify those things that have raised walls of separation between you and God. Acknowledge them as sins and approach God with the same kind of heart as David did. He said in verse 17 of our passage: “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart-These, O God, You will not despise.”
God will forgive you if you approach Him with genuine repentance. But you must knock down the walls of sinful appetites and conducts that got you entangled in sin. You must also build walls of protection around you to prevent you from returning to the sins you have repented of.
- Search your life and identify the roadblocks brought about by sin. Genuinely confess and forsake them.
CONFESSION: If I cover my sins, I will not prosper. Therefore I lay everything bare before You Lord, and I ask for mercy.