Confession Is Good For Your Soul!
The first verse in 2nd Samuel Chapter Eleven sounds benign but it isn’t. There is pride, rebellion, and the desire to sin hidden within the matter of fact verse.
“In the spring of the year, when kings normally go out to war, David sent Joab and the Israelite army to fight the Ammonites. They destroyed the Ammonite army and laid siege to the city of Rabbah. However, David stayed behind in Jerusalem.” 2 Samuel 11:1 NLT
Verse one tells us David, who was anointed by God to lead Israel in defeating their enemies, chose to stay home from war. Perhaps David was tired or he felt like his general Joab could handle the job he had started before winter set in. Whatever the reason, David clearly chose to step out of God’s will for his life at this time. 2nd Samuel Chapter Eleven records how David chose to stay home from battle. Then, he chose to please his flesh by sleeping in all day. Then, David went looking for sex from someone other than his wife. He saw a woman named Bathsheba who was married to one of his soldiers and he took her. Then, when Bathsheba got pregnant, David murdered her husband Uriah so he could take Bathsheba as his wife. David then married Bathsheba to hide his adulterous affair from his family and nation. But… God knew what David had done and He was displeased with David’s sinful behavior.
It is important to understand that the Holy Spirit began convicting David the moment he allowed wrong thoughts into his mind. The Holy Spirit pricked David and made him feel guilty of his sin with the hope David would confess his sins and turn back to God. But, David chose to quench (stifle) the Spirit’s conviction (1st Thessalonians 5:19), which caused his conscience to become desensitized to conviction (1st Timothy 4:2).
2nd Samuel Chapter Twelve continues the narrative that began in Chapter Eleven. A year after his affair with Bathsheba, the Lord sent the Prophet Nathan to confront David. David had refused to listen to the Holy Spirit’s conviction and his Heavenly Father’s chastisement (Hebrews 12:5-13), so the Lord sent a respected prophet to condemn David. Thankfully, David recognized his sin and asked God to forgive him. In Psalm 51, David shows us how he confessed his sin and asked God for forgiveness.
In Psalm 51, David tells us…
- Anyone can appeal to God for forgiveness. Psalm 51:1-2
Psalm 51 shows us the vilest sinner can appeal to God for total forgiveness because God is merciful, loving, and full of compassion. God is willing to blot out (permanently cover) our sin, wash off our guilt and purify (sanctify) our lives (Vs. 1, 2, 7, 9). God completely forgives those who ask for Him for forgiveness!
- God wants us to confess our sins to Him. Psalm 51:3-6
What did God want from David? God wanted David to be honest about who he was and what he did! The Lord wanted David to acknowledge he was a sinner and to admit his prideful rebellion. God wants us to see ourselves through His eyes. For…
“If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.” 1st John 1:8–10 NLT
- The ultimate goal of confession is restoration. Psalm 51:7-12
Why did David confess his sins? He wanted to be right with God! David was tired of feeling dirty; he was sick from guilt and shame. He longed to be clean, rejoice, and to have a pure heart again. But, more than anything else, David wanted to live in God’s presence and be empowered by His Spirit again. David felt alone and empty when he was not walking and talking with God. David confessed his sin to the Lord because he knew that confession was the only way to restore fellowship with His Heavenly Father!
David’s confession in Psalm 51 reminds me a lot of the prodigal son Jesus spoke about in Luke Chapter Fifteen. The prideful prodigal son demanded his inheritance from his father so he could move to the big city and enjoy sin. Then one day, as he was eating pig slop, the broke and broken young man came to his senses. (He listened to the Holy Spirit’s conviction.) After confessing his sin and repenting of his sinful lifestyle, the young man dusted himself off and started the long journey home so he could be in the presence and care of his father again.
- The result of restoration is right living. Psalm 51:13-19
David’s repentant heart and honest confession of his sins not only restored his fellowship with God, but it allowed him to do what God had called him to do. After he confessed his sins, David could worship, rule over his kingdom, and teach others the right way to live (See Psalm 32). David could do what God created him to do!
If you have never received Jesus as your personal Savior, I encourage you to repent of your sinful lifestyle and call upon Jesus for salvation. Jesus died on the cross for your sins so you could be forgiven and have a right relationship with God (Romans 5). If you are Christian but you are not living for the Lord, I encourage you to confess your sins to the Lord so you can get out from under the weight of your guilt and shame. Confess your sins to the Lord and He will forgive and restore you!
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