5 I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah
6 Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him.7 You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah
8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.9 Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you.10 Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the LORD.11 Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
David recalled what happened to him after he had sinned against God. He was so strongly aware of his wrongdoing that in the first two verses he used three different words for his transgressions—“disobedience,” “sin,” and “guilt.” As long as David refused to confess his sin, he felt God’s hand against him both in his soul and his body. And that continued day and night.
David’s turning point came when he confessed his sin before God. This restored his relationship with God and he could experience peace and joy once more. Sin troubles our communion with God and un-confessed sin makes us miserable. We cannot have peace until we confess our sin and return to Him.
Every child of God can experience the peace that comes with confession and forgiveness. We should confess any sin as soon as we realize we have sinned. God accepted and restored David when he confessed. God will also accept us and restore us if we wholeheartedly confess.
1 John 1:9 (ESV) 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Excerpted from the Lent Through African Eyes Reading Plan by Oasis International inspired by the African Study Bible