Psalm 51:7-14 (ESV)
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice. Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.
This is psalm was written by David after his affair with Bathsheba, and the murdering of her husband, so David tried to cover his sin. But Nathan the Prophet came to him, and pointed out his sin.
This psalm should teach us a couple things: First, your sin cannot be hidden from others, let alone our Holy God. Second, God is ready to forgive us of our sin, when we confess and repent. We must agree with God that what we have done is sin, and resolve to stop doing it.
David fasted/prayed for seven days when the child of his union with Bathsheba fell ill. Then when the child died, he went on with life. Such a change, that people were shocked. But this is how it should be. Once we trust God for forgiveness, we need to not dwell on the sin any more. This takes the wind out of the Devil’s sails. He cannot accuse any longer, when God has forgiven us.
So Rejoice in God your Savior. Repent. Be grateful for forgiveness, and live in righteousness and victory over sin.
by Virgil Stripes