This is a Psalm written by King David. He was a broken, guilt ridden and repentant man whose
transgressions were great. He was caught in sin and he tried with all his might to cover it up, but when his
sin was exposed he was called out for his wickedness. In this Psalm I find there are two lessons in this Psalm.
The first lesson is, if you continue in sin long enough, it will catch up to you. The second
lesson is a reminder of the many privileges you have as a follower of Jesus Christ, when you acknowledge
and repent from your sins.
You are privileged, because through Jesus…
- You are granted mercy: 1 Peter 1:3 assures us that you can know mercy is available to you through Jesus Christ. Since God is merciful you can experience the opportunity to receive the gifts of salvation and the new birth.
- You are forgiven: According to 1 John 1:9 you can know that you are truly forgiven if you confess your sins to God and seek his forgiveness. If you repent and ask for forgiveness, you will receive forgiveness.
- You are cleansed: 1 Cor. 6:11 assures us that in Jesus Christ you are made clean. Some of your past experiences may be more colorful than others, but it is important to know that are all sinners and unworthy of the Kingdom of God. However, when God called you to be his son or daughter you were cleansed, you were sanctified or made holy, and you were justified or made right with God through Jesus Christ.
- You are a new creations: 2 Cor. 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come.” Not only are you clean but you are a NEW creation. You are not a better version of your old self, you are a new you and your old sinful nature has passed away and now all things are new. If you are a believer in Jesus, then you have been made right and your relationship has been restored with God.
privileged because you are forgiven and cleansed by Jesus Christ.