By Ben W. Curtis
Pastor, First Baptist Church, Tracy City
Somewhere in the springtime around 1000 B.C., kings would go to battle. In II Samuel 11, King David shirked his responsibility and this decision proved costly. What followed would become some of the darkest moments in David’s life. These events form the backdrop for Psalm 51, a prayer which models for us what genuine confession and repentance should look like.
True confession begins with a humble heart. David acknowledges that his sin is “ever before” him and that sin has been with him from the moment of his conception (vv. 3, 5). He sees the depth of his depravity and cries out “Have mercy on me, O God” (v. 1). It is only when we see the all-encompassing nature of sin in our lives that we sense our need for God to do something in us. David’s concern becomes less about hiding his sin and more about being right with the Lord. He humbly accepts the words of a friend and allows God to work in his heart. [Read more…]