1 Have mercy on me, O God,
because of your unfailing love.
Because of your great compassion,
blot out the stain of my sins.
2 Wash me clean from my guilt.
Purify me from my sin.
3 For I recognize my rebellion;
it haunts me day and night.
4 Against you, and you alone, have I sinned;
I have done what is evil in your sight.
You will be proved right in what you say,
and your judgment against me is just.
5 For I was born a sinner—
yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.
6 But you desire honesty from the womb,
teaching me wisdom even there.
::::: Optional::::: DIGGING DEEPER: Part 1 :::::
Read 2 Samuel 12 for the context of this psalm. David wrote this psalm after his heart had been gutted by the exposure of his sin.
Why are the words of verses 1-2 important first words for David?
Is David delusional to think that he could be made clean again? Why would David ask such a thing?
Look at verse 3. What does it feel like to be "haunted" by your sin?
Describe how verses 4-5 reveal David's remorse over his sin?
Why are the words of verse 6 important for David to speak to God?
::::: EQUIPPING CHALLENGE :::::
This psalm gives us a remarkable example of confession. It also gives us a remarkable example of a plea for restoration. Read John 1:9 and then take the opportunity to approach God with that kind of heart.
::::: Optional ::::: DIGGING DEEPER: Part 2 :::::
Is there any reason why a "Nathan" would need to confront you today?