4.15.20 - Sins Acknowledged
Updated: Apr 19, 2020
Pinocchio is pretty creepy when you think about it. A puppet, walking around talking, getting into trouble? I’m pretty sure I had some scary dreams as a kid where I imagined my toys woke up after I fell asleep and walked around my room. But you know the Pinocchio story, right? Geppetto, the kind father figure, makes a puppet named Pinocchio, and one day he comes to life…but he’s a rebel puppet. He skips school. He lies all the time which causes his nose to grow (like I said, kinda creepy, right?). He eventually gets lost and Geppetto goes looking for his wandering son and is dramatically swallowed by a whale. Though people in Pinocchio’s life were wronged by his selfish and destructive ways, the one he ultimately wronged was the one he turned his back on; his maker and father, Geppetto. We have a tendency to do a similar thing with God.
Read Psalm 32:5. David knew how to love God in a big way, but he also knew how to sin big, too. He had his share of shame and transgressions. When he sinned, David understood that the first place he needed to go was to the feet of his Heavenly Father. He needed to acknowledge his sin to the one he had ultimately wronged. Though David’s offence in this Psalm was towards other human beings, inwardly he knew his true offense was towards his maker.
When we sin, we may directly or indirectly wrong others and it is important to ask forgiveness in those relationships. In our verse for today, David shows us that it’s important to remember to go to the one we have ultimately offended. The most significant relationship is the one we have with God, and when we choose to sin, we have ultimately wronged Him. So what should we do? We must stop, admit we’re in the wrong by confessing our sin, and think about the cross where all our sin was paid for. We can rest in the fact that the one we offend over and over is a kind and gracious Father who went to incredible lengths to rescue us from our sin.
Questions for Reflection
How does David approach God, his maker, whom he has wronged?
Is there anyone in your life that you need to ask for forgiveness from?
Is there a particular sin you struggle with that you need to run to the feet of Jesus with to confess?
Take some time now to confess. I’ve retyped one of my favorite prayers we use on Sunday mornings to help with this:
Almighty Father, I am thankful that your mercy is higher than the heavens, wider than my wanderings, deeper than all my sin. Forgive my careless attitude towards your purposes, my refusal to help others when they suffer, my envy of those who have more than me, my obsession with creating a life of constant pleasure, my indifference to your future promises, and my neglect of your wise and gracious law. Please work in my life that I may desire what is good, love what you love, and do what you command, through Jesus Christ my Lord. AMEN.