David, the mighty King, committed some very awful sins. He stole the wife of one of his loyal soldiers, and then had the soldier killed. When he was confronted with the sin, David–immediately confessed and stood before God to accept responsibility for the sin. God spared him, and though it would affect the rest of his life, he was restored and forgiven.
David was so grateful to make things right with God, that he penned this song. The gist of the song is that when we try o hide our sin, it works like a cancer and destroys us from the inside out. But, if we face our sin, God will forgive us of that sin and cleanse us of unrighteousness. It is his grace and mercy that heals us and makes us new. We are free again, and not entrapped by the chains of deceit and guilt.
John echoed the freedom of God’s grace–In I John 1:9, he writes, “If we confess our sin, God is faithful to forgive us of our sin and cleanse us of all unrighteousness!” Simply put, God wants us to be free–to do so we need to seek him, and trust him to love us, forgive us and restore us!
God Bless You
Oh, what joy for those
whose disobedience is forgiven,
whose sin is put out of sight!
2 Yes, what joy for those
whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt,[b]
whose lives are lived in complete honesty!
3 When I refused to confess my sin,
my body wasted away,
and I groaned all day long.
4 Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me.
My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.Interlude
5 Finally, I confessed all my sins to you
and stopped trying to hide my guilt.
I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.”
And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. Interlude
6 Therefore, let all the godly pray to you while there is still time,
that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment.
7 For you are my hiding place;
you protect me from trouble.
You surround me with songs of victory. Interlude
8 The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.
I will advise you and watch over you.
9 Do not be like a senseless horse or mule
that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.”
10 Many sorrows come to the wicked,
but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the Lord.
11 So rejoice in the Lord and be glad, all you who obey him!
Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!