My Sin Before Me
Every now and then, when I am especially burdened, I find myself turning to Psalm 51 during my prayer time. As I have recently been putting it to memory, I learned that the idea of “my sin always being before me” in verse 3 applies to God’s view of me but also my view of myself. How often do I catch myself rehearsing sinful thoughts, attitudes, or actions and despairing? In this Psalm, David sets a positive example for all of us when we get stuck in our weakness. David approaches God in humble repentance, reminding himself and us that we have hope in God’s unfailing love and his great compassion. Then, by faith, David pleads for God to take action. Notice the action words that he uses: have mercy, wash away, blot out, cleanse me, teach me, create, renew, restore, grant, and save. Let us follow the example of this Psalm and take action through repentance and calling out to God by faith each day.