Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love.
Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins.
Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin.
For I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night.
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.[a]
For I was born a sinner— yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.
But you desire honesty from the womb, teaching me wisdom even there.
Purify me from my sins,[c] and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me— now let me rejoice.
Don’t keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt.
Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.
Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.
The primary thing this psalm teaches us is that we can be honest with God. Whatever you have done. If God created the universe, he exists outside of time and space so there is nothing that surprises him. When David ‘confessed his sin to God’ David wasn’t revealing something to him, he wasn’t telling him brand new information. God already knew what David had done. But David knows that talking to God about something you feel you’ve done wrong is not about letting God in on it, it is about acknowledging it to ourselves and asking for God to help us. David knows that talking to God and acknowledging responsibility for the sin is the only thing that will result in healing and a restoration of relationship with God.
What things in our lives do we hold back from God? What might we need to bring before Him in order to restore right relationship?