By Darwin Hayes
Devotional Scripture: Psalms 69:19-36
Central Thought: When we are honest before God, He replaces our guilt with His peace, freedom, and forgiveness.
David displays remarkable honesty before God in Psalm 69:19–36. He is going through some serious stress, and he petitions God like an innocent child. God expects childlike honesty from His children (Mark 10:15). Though during David's lifetime he committed a terrible sin, he became honest before his Creator and asked God to forgive him and to renew a right spirit within him (Psalm 51:10). Because of David's sincerity and honesty, God forgave him, David's kingdom was returned to him, and he became probably Israel's greatest king.
One reason God expects his children to be honest is forgiveness. How can we be forgiven if we are not honest with God? If we confess our sins to the Lord, He will forgive us (I John 1:9), but we must be honest—we must confess. Another reason is freedom—the freedom that comes through truth (John 8:32). It is truth that sets us free. A young boy broke the wristwatch his father gave him, but he feared his father would get upset, so he didn't tell him. When his older brother found out, he took advantage of the young sibling by making him do extra work in exchange for silence. One day the troubled son finally told his dad the truth. The father appreciated his son's honesty and confession. From that day on, the young boy lived free from guilt (and the manipulation of his older brother!).
Are you experiencing guilt that you cannot share with anyone? Share it with the Lord. Be forgiven, and be set free. God is gracious and ready to forgive (Psalm 86:5). He will remove your sins as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12), and you won't have to live in guilt anymore (Romans 8:1). Be honest with God. David found peace, freedom, and forgiveness through being honest with God, even though his sins were as scarlet. We can too.
Devotional Prayer: Heavenly Father, I confess my sin and wrongdoing to you. Forgive me, and replace my guilt with Your peace, freedom, and forgiveness.
Today's Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 9:1-10:22; Luke 8:4-21; Psalm 69:19-36; Proverbs 12:2-3