Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin.
If you have ever suffered a nasty cut or gash, then you know it’s critical to clean this type of wound right away before it gets infected. Knowing this, we are willing to accept the sting of an antibiotic because we know it’s something we need to do to heal. Dealing with sin is no different.
When we sin, we are not only disobeying God; we are hurting ourselves and others; creating a spiritual wound that needs healing. If we do not tend to this wound by repenting to God, then guilt and shame can settle in and cause it to fester. Left unchecked, this leads to a life of sin and eternal separation from God. Fortunately, there is no amount of sin that God cannot forgive and no wound that He cannot heal. All that He requires is a repentant heart.
In 2 Samuel 11, we read how David committed adultery with Bathsheba and then murdered her husband in an attempt to cover it up. When confronted with these allegations, he confessed (2 Samuel 12:13). David knew what he did was wrong but rather than deny his actions; he ran to God, asking for forgiveness and a clean heart (Psalm 51:7–10).
Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins.
Because David repented, God forgave him. And while God will forgive any sin, He does not rescue us from the earthly consequences of our sin. David’s life was never the same after his adulterous and murderous affair, but his heart was renewed, and he was able to experience the joy of the Lord once again. God wants the same for all of us.
Do you have a sin in your past that keeps you up at night? Are you sorry for it? God wants your broken spirit and repentant heart so that He can rid you of guilt and shame. Repent today so you can experience a genuine relationship with your Heavenly Father.
Today’s author is Mark Henderson. He is the founder and host of The Inspired Legacy Podcast.