THEME: Confession Before Forgiveness
PASSAGE: Psalm 32:1–11
HYMN: MHB 351 I HEAR Thy welcome voice
MEMORY VERSE: Psalm 32: 5 “Then I acknowledged my sin to You and did not cover up my iniquity, I said I will confess my transgression to the LORD- and you forgave the guilt of my sin.”
It is common to hear in worship people asking for forgiveness of sin. It is necessary to ask: Do they confess their sin? Without confession of sin, there cannot be forgiveness (1Jn. 1: 9). This Psalm is in the same category as Psalm 51. David composed this prayer after Prophet Nathan confronted him with the sin of adultery with Bathsheba and murder of Uriah, her husband. Nathan pronounced God’s judgment on him and David confessed “I have sinned against the Lord” (II Sam. 12: 7- 13).
When David confessed his sin, God, through Nathan, pronounced forgiveness (II Sam. 12: 13). He acknowledged that forgiveness of sin is a blessing from God (Psalm 32:1). The lesson we have to learn from David is that he did not pretend to be a leader without sin. He did not shift his sin on Satan or find excuses as Adam did in the Garden of Eden and as we do today.
The Bible says in 1John 1:9 that, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” It is not enough to say the sin of omission and commission at the confession of sin but to mention the actual sin committed. It is this that will show that there is no deceit in our spirit (Ps 32: 2c). It will earn us forgiveness. Peter wept sore for denying Jesus and the merciful Lord forgave him.
As you go to an office, market and school today rebuke the attitude of buck-passing; accept responsibility for your sin to God. He is merciful to forgive. Always know that confession precedes forgiveness.
PRAYER: Give me a clear conscience to confess my sin and forgive me all my sins, through the grace of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

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