The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. Psalm 51:17
After King David had committed multiple sins surrounding his adulterous affair with Bathsheba, he knew not only had he sinned against man and his kingship but most importantly against his Heavenly Father. The separation from God was wearing on his soul and, through the Prophet Nathan, his spirit was broken and his heart was made heavy. King David knew God did not want a burnt offering or any other ritual sacrifice to atone for his sins. The only way to find forgiveness was to humble himself before God and confess his sins. This is what today’s passage from David’s Psalm is saying.
God always wants us to confess our sins with humility and a contrite or humble heart. Since my diagnosis of Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, I find it increasingly easy to confess my sins to the Lord with a humble heart. The pride that once surrounded my life seems so distant and unimportant given all that I am going through with this disease. Now, I deeply desire for my relationship with God to be right, relevant, and real. I don’t want anything to separate me from Him especially something as simple as unconfessed sin.
The amazing thing is that we all have stuff going on in our lives. For me it is dementia, for you it may be something similar or entirely different. Whatever it is, don’t let unconfessed sin get between you and God. You must have God’s help to deal with the daily struggles you face. You need His security, solace, strength, and support to handle your unique situation.
I love the words from Hebrews, “Let us through off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Unconfessed sin entangles you and builds a wall between you and God! Humble yourself before God, confess your sins, and rebuild your right relationship with Him. God loves you dearly and longs to hear your humble confession. As long as you are honest with Him, maintain a humble heart, and honor Him, He will never forsake you even when you slip up and sin.