The Hardest Word?

Week beginning: 11th September, 2016 | By Adam Taylor | London

"The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
A broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise."

Psalm 51:17 (ESV)

Apologising or saying "sorry" is not something that tends to come easily to lawyers. We live and work in a world where weakness is not meant to be shown and mistakes are rarely acknowledged.

King David was also a person who initially found it difficult to admit to his mistakes: it was only after he was confronted by the prophet Nathan that he confessed to his sins of adultery with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband, Uriah. Yet what David eventually realised is that no mistake or sin can ever be covered up from an omniscient God. Even as a mature and experienced believer, David had committed a serious offence against God and needed to come clean and confess his guilt.

But David also knew that God is full of love and mercy (v1) and forgives all who truly repent. When we confess our sins with a broken and contrite heart (v17) then our gracious God will wash and cleanse us (v2) and amazingly we shall become whiter than snow (v7): as if nothing had ever happened! Having then experienced His forgiveness, we can confidently pray to our loving Heavenly Father that He will restore to us the joy of his salvation (v12).


1. What might you need to confess to God this week? Pray that we would truly repent in areas we need to change.

2. Ask that God would restore to us the joy of His salvation and make us eager to share the message of forgiveness with friends and colleagues.