Christina Patterson is a wife and stay-at-home mom with a passion to encourage women in the love of Jesus Christ and the truth of God’s Word. When she is not folding laundry or playing blocks you will find her with her head deep in her Bible or a commentary. She holds her masters in Theology from Liberty University and is the founder of Beloved Women, a non-profit providing resources and community for women to truly know who they are in Christ: His Beloved. She blogs at belovedwomen.org.
King David was known to be a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22), however during his reign over Israel he committed an affair with a married woman and then had her husband murdered to cover it up. When David was confronted with his sin he was deeply grieved and wrote Psalm 51. David knew what it was like to carry around the burden of guilt. In verses 2 and 3 he writes: “Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin. For I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night.” (Psalms 51:2-3 NLT)
Now many may wonder how can David be considered a man after God’s own heart even after committing adultery and murder? Well, I think one of the main reasons is found in this Psalm. David was not perfect, but when he realized he offended his God he made every effort to respond correctly. In today’s video we’re looking at Psalm 51 to learn how to correctly respond to our sin so we may live free from guilt. Enjoy and please share as you feel led.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the grace and mercy that You offer. I pray for forgiveness of my sins and the faith to trust in Your forgiveness so I may live free of guilt. In Jesus Christ Name I pray. Amen.
Have you ever responded to your sin in an unhealthy way and what impact did that have on your life and relationship with God?
For more on the topic please enjoy my video “Overcoming Guilt and Shame.“