A prayer of confession - Bible Studies for Life for November 18, 2018
Bible Studies for Life
November 18, 2018
Matt. 6:12-13; Psalm 51:1-7, 10-12 (HCSB)
I love this quote from Charles Haddon Spurgeon, “A Christian must never leave off repenting, for I fear he never leaves off sinning.” The Model Prayer reminds us that we are always going to be confronted with temptation and the potential for sin (Matt. 6:13). When we sin, we must confess, repent and seek forgiveness (Matt. 6:12, 14).
David’s prayer in Psalm 51 is a graphic picture of confession. This was written after David’s sin of adultery with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband Uriah. About a year after the sin, God directed the prophet Nathan to confront David. David was only quick to repent when he was confronted. Perhaps this was the first time in his life he saw the true condition of his heart and the
devastation that sin had brought in his life.
David’s confession is a picture of a soul in agony. The context helps us understand that there is nothing he could do to fix, adjust, repair or reform it. As a fallen person, he was inadequate for the task. In this state David had to turn to God and ask Him to do what only He can do: “Create a clean heart for me” (Psa. 51:10). David knew God could do this by renewing “a steadfast spirit within me” (Psa. 51:10).
David said, “Do not banish me from Your presence or take Your Holy Spirit from me” (Psa. 51:11). David was not talking about losing his salvation. He didn’t want God to remove His divine power from his life. In verse 12, he asked God to restore the “joy of Your salvation to me” (Psa. 51:12). Sin and joy cannot coexist in our hearts. David also asked for a “willing spirit” (Psa. 51:12). He asked for this because he wanted to obey God’s Word and persevere in holiness.
We must confess our sins. Only then can we be truly forgiven by God and restored in our relationship with Him.