Have mercy on me, O God,
because of your unfailing love.
Because of your great compassion,
blot out the stain of my sins.
2 Wash me clean from my guilt.
Purify me from my sin.
3 For I recognize my rebellion;
it haunts me day and night.
4 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.
5 For I was born a sinner—
yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.
6 But you desire honesty from the womb,
teaching me wisdom even there.
We just recently returned from a mission trip. It was a great experience. If you want to see some highlights of our trip, you may see them at danddbahn.wordpress.com. That is my more personal blog for things of that nature. The business end of the trip, however, has not been as fun. Working through the reimbursements proved to be a challenge that was only today resolved. Nothing nefarious. Nothing controversial. Just complicated payments, an advance, and credit card reconciliations. Whew! I’m glad we’ve taken care of that business!
There is, however, even more important business we all need to take care of before God. It is far more serious. It has eternal consequences. The end result of this business dealing will be either glorious eternal joy or horrific and endless suffering and despair.
The business is that of sin and forgiveness.
David wrote this psalm when he became aware of his terrible sin against Bathsheba, Uriah (her husband), and God himself. In fact he admits that his sin was ultimately against God. Without denying the terrible impact of his actions toward this woman whom he seduced and her husband who he had killed, David recognizes that his sins against them are actually sins against God.
We’d like to think otherwise. Our sins are surely not all against God. And surely they’re not all that great. We may have fouled up a bit, but we haven’t sinned gravely. We’ve not gone that far.
That’s what David had thought for some time. It was only after Nathan the prophet confronted him (cf. 2 Samuel 12) that David realized how grave was his sin. This is when he wrote this psalm. I don’t think it’s a matter of David’s overactive conscience getting the better of him in the moment. This is serious business, and it must be taken care of.
Thankfully God has taken are of this business when Jesus paid the atoning sacrifice for our sins. When he was on the cross he said, “It is finished.” Those words are also used when a debt has been paid. “PAID IN FULL” This is the status of accounts before God for all who are in Jesus Christ. Serious business. Taken care of.