King David was described in the Bible as a man after God’s own heart. But a series of bad decisions nearly ruined his life. He fell into lust, committed adultery, and then lied and murdered someone in order to cover up his mistakes. Yet David learned something we all do, we can’t cover up our mistakes. Our sin always has a way of catching up to us…it will always have consequences. Our junk and our mess do not simply go away. Psalm 51 records the words David writes after acknowledging his own sin. He writes, “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.”
David’s sin was haunting him…he couldn’t get away from it. Have you ever felt that way? You think about the past and you immediately have feelings of regret and shame. You think about the present and wonder if you’ll ever break free from the stronghold in your life. Sin has the power to overwhelm us. It can consume us with feelings of guilt and shame. It can break us down and drive us away from God. However, we do not have to let sin have this power…it is not necessary for us to live life in this way. We should be encouraged by the fact that we worship a savior who came to forgive sin and free us from its power.
1 John 1:9 is a great promise: “If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Christ not only forgives us, but purifies and heals our souls…he makes us new again. The good news of the gospel is that: