Confidence in God's Grace
Read: Psalm 51:1-19
We’ve all hurt someone’s feelings and needed to ask for forgiveness. Asking for forgiveness is hard. It forces us to face our guilt and shame. Sometimes, the damage appears irreparable and forgiveness seems hopeless.
David wrote Psalm 51 as a prayer to God after he committed adultery with Bathsheba. David’s words reveal the confidence he placed in God’s grace. Imagine how hard was for David to talk to God after committing adultery. Think of the lies being whispered in David’s ears: “This time you’ve done it. God will never forgive you for that.” Yet, David’s confidence in God’s unfailing love and compassion enabled him to come to God and boldly ask for forgiveness. More than that, David confidently seeks God’s help in overcoming his sin by asking for a willing spirit and the restoration of joy.
No matter how dirty or unworthy we feel, God can use our sin to give us a deeper understanding of His grace and draw us closer to Him. As long as we are willing to come to Him, God will graciously clean our hearts and freely offer forgiveness. What do you need to seek forgiveness for today?