Psalm 51:1-4 “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge.”
He, a married man with children, seduced and slept with another man’s wife, and then arranged to have her husband murdered. Can you imagine the headlines if our country’s leader was guilty of such sins? For a time, God’s people, the Israelites, had such a leader: King David.
Then David’s sins against Bathsheba and her husband, Uriah, were exposed. How did David handle his guilt and the political fallout that resulted? Did he get his chief of staff to publicly question Bathsheba’s moral character? Did he offer some other excuse for his fall? No. David openly confessed his sins in Psalm 51. There David admitted, “I am the problem, Lord. You are the solution.” Learning to confess sin as David did is to put into practice Solomon’s point in Proverbs chapter 25: stoop low and ask the Lord to lift you up again.
In regard to our sins, we must confess with David, “I am the problem.” So what is the solution to our sin? Does it lie in us? Do we simply resolve to try harder in the future? That would be like promising your eye doctor you’ll try harder next time to read the smallest letters on the vision chart. If your eyes are bad, you won’t read those letters no matter how hard you squint. You need outside help. You need a pair of glasses.
David knew he needed outside help to solve his sins. He prayed, “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions” (Psalm 51:1). The only solution was if God blotted out his sins. The word “blot” is the same word Moses used to describe what God did to all the land animals that didn’t enter Noah’s ark: they were blotted off the face of the earth. Likewise, all of our sins were blotted out from God’s sight by the cleansing flood from the cross.
Don’t try to reserve a seat at the heavenly banquet on the basis of your own merits. You’ll only find yourself humiliated on the Last Day. Instead, crave the forgiveness Christ won for you. Humbly receive his free invitation to “Come up here,” where your King and your exaltation waits.