King David has always been a favorite of mine. He was always so open in his communication with God. When he felt betrayed or alone, he screamed out his pain and displeasure to God. Then, in the very next breath, he would take it back to the main thing with words of adoration and praise for His Heavenly Father. When he sinned against God (and believe me, David sinned – adultery, murder, abuse of power), he begged for forgiveness. He knew he had broken God’s heart with his sin.
Surprisingly, the Bible shows us that King David was a man who found special favor with God, even though he was guilty of all those things. But, as mentioned above, the Bible also shows us that David recognized his mistakes and called them what they were – sins against God. He asked God’s forgiveness and then committed himself to living God’s way.
Even though we may not have done the same things that David did, we have all sinned. God’s Word says, “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” He died to pay the penalty for our sins and to offer us forgiveness.
When you mess up, and you will, confess your sin to God just like David did. Ask for God’s forgiveness and for strength to resist sin in the future. Anything you say won’t be a surprise to Him. He knows everything. And He is the only answer to man’s ultimate problem of sin.