Read: Psalm 51
No one is perfect in God’s eyes. Rom. 3:23 says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” We all sin knowingly or unknowingly every day. We need God’s forgiveness each day and His grace to resist temptations and flee from sin. When Jesus taught His disciples to pray to the Heavenly Father, He said, “Forgive our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us” (Luke 11:4).
King David sinned against God by committing adultery with Uriah’s wife Bathsheba and later carrying out the murder of Uriah (2 Sam. 11). When David’s actions were exposed by the prophet Nathan, he wept before God and acknowledged his sins to God. God forgave him. David writes his prayer of repentance in Psalm 51. David wrote, “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin” (Ps. 51:1-2).
In the New Covenant, we see that Jesus died for our sins. He forgave us by dying for us on the cross of Calvary. His blood was shed for the remission of our sins (Matt. 26:28). His forgiveness is given only to those who believe in Him (Rom. 3:22,26). If we acknowledge our sins before God, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). Jesus Himself said, “The Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins” (Matt. 9:6). Covering our sin or pretending to be self-righteous won’t help us. God is pleased with a humble and repentant heart and He forgives their sins (Ps. 51:17).