I Confess (Psalm 38)

David is the one guy in the Bible that God calls “a man after my own heart.” For some reason, I’ve kind of obsessed about that, for almost twenty years now. I’m always trying to figure out why God called David that and I’ve come up with several theories.

Today’s reading (Psalm 38) leads to one of them… Yes, David sinned like the rest of us. In fact, he may have sinned more and worse than a lot of us. But when David sinned it (at least eventually) crushed him. He was devastated that he had done that to his God.

I think most of the time when I sin, I don’t even realize what I’ve done. I know that of the different “types” of prayer (like: adoration, confession, thanksgiving, supplication), confession is what I do the least of. But David spends all of Psalm 38 confessing and begging God for mercy.

What about you? Do you realize it when you sin? Does it crush you? Do you take those feelings to God? If not, how do you think you could become a little more like David in this way? And, if so, anything you could share with the rest of us to help move us in that direction?