I have some great news for you today! My news should send your heart leaping for joy and allow you to breathe a sigh of relief. Whatever you confessed last time is now history!! Yes, indeed!! It is time to move forward! Now, I am not going to tell you that all consequences are relieved, but at least you know that if you ask God for complete forgiveness that you are now fully forgiven. Isn’t that wonderful? Let’s turn our Bibles back to Psalm 51: 7-13.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me hear joy and gladness, that the bones You have broken may rejoice. Hide Your face from my sins, And blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners shall be converted to You.
David was having some serious guilt issues given his actions. His guilt was so heavy that he felt as though his body was being broken under the weight. However, those bones, even broken, still had a chance to rejoice again. He asked God to clean his heart and renew his spirit. God can restore even the vilest of offenders if asked in earnest and brokenness. You know what else is wonderful? David could then use his brokenness that he once had as an example to help others turn from their transgressions. Amazing! David’s prayer is coming to light even as you read this blog! Because of what David had done wrong, many others will come to Christ!! Wow! Did you know that your experiences can also help others come to Christ? That is called our testimony. Everyone has a testimony. Once you are a believer, you can testify to how God changed you in a radical way. Even when you mess up as a believer, that testimony rings true to how God is forgiving and merciful.
Now, let’s continue to Psalm 51: 14-17.
Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, The God of my salvation, And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness. O Lord, open my lips, And my mouth shall show forth Your praise. For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart— These, O God, You will not despise.
In these verses, David continues to tell of God’s righteousness. He promises to sing God’s praises. When we are forgiven, we want to let everyone know about what a marvelous gift has been given to us. Forgiveness is a gift. It is not required from anyone, let alone God. He gives it freely when we repent and asks for it. Just going through the ritual motions does not equate forgiveness. Brokenness of spirit, a humble attitude, and a true desire for turning our actions from wrongdoing is what God desires of us when we come to him. God does not want to see us broken and contrite, yet that is often the sacrifice it takes to come to God.
Isn’t this wonderful? The thought that our pain can be forgiven and can be used to help someone else can help us see our lives in a better light. God can still use us, just as he continued to use David. No mess is too big for God to clean up.