In Psalm 51 David teaches us how to respond when we’ve blown it the worst way possible.

Here’s my version of David plea to God in Psalm 51:-9. “Have mercy on me God! I plead with you not to treat me as I deserve, but according to your loyal love. I’m finally sane enough to recognize my sin and sane enough to realize I don’t want this to be as a part of my life anymore. I know this was an act of blatant disregard of you and blatant disregard of all that is good. I know that whatever consequences you give me will be more than fair. I own this ugly act of sin. I admit I did it, and that I deserve serious consequences. If I’m really honest, I have to admit that I started my life being good at rebelling against you God. I admit I was born a rebel by nature, and I admit that deep down inside I knew I was rebelling when I did what I did. The brutal reality is that I’m just naturally good at rebellion and disloyalty against you even when I know better. But God I want to experientially know for sure that I am completely forgiven by you and clean once again!”

David essentially pleads honestly with God crying out – “Please have mercy on me God! I know I’ve committed a shameful act and I’m desperate for your forgiveness!” David’s response is something we all can take to heart when we’ve shamefully blown it.

About Andy Lewis

Andy is an author, pastor, and musician who lives in Santa Cruz California. Currently he serves as lead pastor at Faith Community Church in Santa Cruz
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