Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin..- Psalm 51:1-2
To be quick to repent when we realize we’ve sinned against God! David, instead of making excuses and justifying his sinful act with Bathsheba, started repenting the moment he knew his act of adultery and murder were uncovered. Knowing that God sees all, hears all and knows all, we too ought to be humble enough to quickly repent when we know our actions went against what God stands for.
The Lord is merciful and He wants to see a spirit of humility and reverence within us (Psalm 51:17). We are taught, through worldly teachings, that pride is better than humility, and at all costs, we are to keep pressing toward success. Many times this teaching leads us to become insensitive to the pain we can cause others.
The body which we use daily is our worst enemy. Our spirit is always fighting against the desires of the flesh (Galatians 5:17) the moment we decided to live the will of God. David saw Bathsheba on the rooftop. He saw her beauty and wanted her. He carried out his desire. In an effort to cover what he had done, he sent Bathsheba’s husband, Uriah, to the front lines of a battle he knew Uriah would be killed in. But when Nathan came to him and told him how displeased the Lord was with him, he repented quickly. (2 Samuel 11)
Oh to repent quickly! We will be blessed and experience the Lord’s tender mercies He has for us.