David’s Confession

(Begin with 1-2 minutes of silence)

Psalm 51:4 Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight.

Three words that are often difficult to say aloud are, “I was wrong.” Try it. Think of something you’ve said or done over the past couple of days which may have be hurtful toward somebody else. Take 10 seconds today to approach them and say, “Hey, just yesterday I said ______. I’m sorry about that. I was wrong to say it.” Chances are, you may spend 30 minutes of energy emotionally preparing yourself for 10 seconds of confession. 

Seemingly, David didn’t struggle to confess his sins to God and others. In fact, David went on to write a song about his sin (Psalm 51). He didn’t write a song for his own time of personal worship. Instead, he shared with the entire nation! It became one the people of God sang together when they gathered to worship God. Think about it: Do you know of a modern worship song in which the songwriter openly speaks of their sin against God and others? Again, we may finds it difficult to confess our wrongs. But for David, he was open to God, his family, and the entire nation. 

READING & PRAYERS:

     2 SAMUEL 12:13-25, PSALM 51 (also read the commentary notes in your Study Bible of choice.)

QUESTION: On a scale of 1-10, how easy do you find it to confess your wrongs to others (1 being very easy, and 10 being very difficult)? What steps can you take to grow in your ability to more regularly confess to God and others? 

REAL LIFE PRACTICE: Think of something you’ve said or done over the past couple of days which may have be hurtful toward somebody else. Take 10 seconds today to approach them to confess and apologize. 

Take a Step: Remember to continue utilizing the One Minute Pause app throughout the week. If possible, begin to explore and practice the 3, 5 or 10 minute pause to more deeply root yourself in Christ.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, there are times when it’s easy to think to myself (or pray to You) that I’ve done something wrong, but it’s difficult for me to do so with others. Help me grow in my ability to openly confess to others, and to experience the freedom that comes from doing so. Amen. 

(End with 1-2 minutes of silence)

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