Forgiveness

In Psalm 51, David comes to God with a broken and contrite heart seeking forgiveness for his sins. Shouldn’t we do the same?

Psalm 51 King James Version (KJV)

51 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

2 Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.

5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.

9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.

15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.

17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.

19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.
King James Version (KJV) by Public Domain

The reason that I included the text here is because it is easier for you to read it here, than to find a Bible and read it somewhere else. God knows your heart and He knows what you have done in your life. Nothing is hidden from God, whether you belong to Him or not He sees the evil and the sins in the world. Everyone’s life is open to Him and He can see all of the things that you do or think or say, so don’t think that you can hide your life from Him because you can’t.

Jonah tried to run from God but God knew where he was all along. He made sure that His wayward prophet got to the place where God had told him to go and He can do the same with you, but He will not force you or me into doing something that we have not chosen. He will, however, convict you of the sinful life that you are leading and bring you into fellowship with Him, especially if He has a plan for your life in His Kingdom.

Please, consider your eternal life now and seek God while you have the time. When your life and mine are over, we will stand before Him and give account of the life that we have lived, like it or not. Pray that you will learn of God’s love and kindness through Him and His Word and not through trouble and pain.

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