Today’s Reading – Psalms 32, 51, 86, and 122
Help me to speak, and I will praise you, Lord. Offerings and sacrifices are not what you want. The way to please you is to feel sorrow deep in our hearts. This is the kind of sacrifice you won’t refuse. Psalm 51:15-17 CEV
David has been confronted with his sin and knows he has done wrong.
David responds with prayers to God seeking forgiveness.
David reveals his heart and the heart of God.
When we fail and make mistakes (sin) too often we want to make a show of our remorse.
Television crews show up so a public announcement of sorrow can be made.
I got news for you – God does not want your public display of remorse – – – anyone can do that!
God wants a heart that is changed – a heart that is remorseful – a heart that is contrite (filled with a sense of guilt and the desire for atonement).
Having a sense of guilt is not a bad thing. It is the heart telling us we know we have done wrong.
Remorse without a sense of guilt is empty.
That was David’s point.
That is God’s point.
Do you have something that needs to confessed to God?
Let God know and find forgiveness today.
Tomorrow’s Reading – 2 Samuel Chapters 13-15