David's Confession (Wednesday 19 April) - Daily reflection - Bible Society

David's Confession (Wednesday 19 April)

Morning Encounter:

Read:

You are kind, God!
Please have pity on me.
You are always merciful!
Please wipe away my sins.

Wash me clean from all
    of my sin and guilt.
I know about my sins,
    and I cannot forget
    my terrible guilt.
You are really the one
    I have sinned against;
    I have disobeyed you
    and have done wrong.

(Psalm 51: 1-4a)

Reflect:

David was a man after God’s own heart, but he also messed up pretty badly on occasion. This psalm was written after he’d committed adultery with Bathsheba and had her husband Uriah killed (see 2 Samuel 11, 12). Why does he say he has sinned against God when he has hurt Bathsheeba and Uriah (pretty badly!)? Because all sin is ultimately a transgression against the Law God has given us for our benefit and to honour his holiness.

Respond:

Acknowledge before God that when you do wrong you hurt your relationship with him. Spend some time in prayer, confessing the ways you have fallen short of holiness over the past few days.

Midday Meditation:

'Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent, for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.'

(Book of Common Prayer)

Evening Reflection:

‘We come with hopeful hearts, for the One we are coming to waits for us like the father of the prodigal who saw his son when he was still a great way off and in compassion ran and embraced him and welcomed him back (Luke 13:20). His greatest delight is to forgive.’

(Richard Foster)

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