“Against you, you only have I sinned and done what is evil.” (Psalm 51:4)
Please take the time to read Psalm 51:1-12, you won’t be sorry. If you already read it, read it again. Put these words from the Lord of confession upon your lips. Speak them aloud. Recognize the autobiographical nature of the words you are speaking. Thank the Lord for giving you these good words. Pray that He does what He promises. Ask for cleansing, to be scrubbed clean inside and out. To have your transgressions forgiven and forgotten. To be justified and made blameless. Having your wretchedness purged from you, refining you as if metal through fire, so that before your God and Lord you stand righteous. That the Lord would hide His face from your sins and look upon you only in His eternal grace and mercy. Beg the Lord to forgive it all, restore you to the joy of your salvation, and uphold you with a spirit willing to rest in this lavish love! These ancient words of blessing have become words of promise and hope for us sinners! May you find your peace, joy, hope, and comfort in the Father’s good mercy today and always!
Jesus, make us clean and holy. Remove our sins far from us. Look with mercy upon us.. Amen.