My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear.
I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin.
David was a “man after God’s own heart” yet he committed some pretty horrible sins by committing adultery and killing the husband of the woman he was having an affair with. How do we reconcile this? How can we use David as an example when he was such a sinner?
To start with, we have to understand our own sin. We have to realize that even though we may not be committing murder or adultery, we are coveting and probably thinking hurtful thoughts about other people, which Jesus tells us is the same thing. We need to be broken and convicted (challenged) by our sin. See how passionately David felt about his sin? He was devastated. We should be too.
Then we have to confess it to the Lord. He knows our sin already, but he wants us to admit it to him.
Finally, we have to repent (make a change in our lives for the better). Confessing sin isn’t all that valuable when we continue in the same sin. If at all possible, make a change in your life that keeps you from struggling with that particular sin.
David is a wonderful example because he was so very human. His failure and subsequent repentance is an encouragement to all us sinners. We can all be men and women “after God’s own heart.”