Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge." Psalm 51:4
Dear Heavenly Father, I am amazed that after David committed adultery with Bathsheba and had her husband killed that he would say that he had sinned against you and you alone. I ask, "What about Bathsheba, Uriah and the nation of Israel?" But that just shows how dark I can be. I know that David knew he had sinned against them too. But he was admitting what I often forget to admit from my heart. Sin deeply hurts you. You care for me more than anyone else ever could. You have planned for me to live a godly life. And I have hurt you so deeply with my hard heart and cavalier approach to so many things. I am sorry. I am so sorry! According to your unfailing love please forgive me! (Pause for reflection on the cross.) Thank you that you love me in your Son. I could never survive without your grace! AMEN
"Repentance is coming clean with God for the deep sins of the heart and being cleansed by God's forgiveness from the deep grace in his heart."