Week 2, Day 1: What Confession Is

Wash Me!!!

“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!”
Psalm 51:1-2

If we confess our sins to God, he is faithful to wash us clean.

One of the boys in our junior high youth group was turning 13, and for his birthday, he wanted to play mud football with friends. So his dad scraped six inches of dirt off a “field” at the back of his ranch and flooded it. By game time, this field was oozy and mucky. Just right for junior high boys. Like any self-respecting youth pastor, I accepted the invite when asked to join. We rolled around in that mud, tackling, running, passing, and laughing for over an hour. By the end of the game, I was covered. Mud in my nostrils, mud in my fingernails, mud caking my hair, mud on my lips, and mud around my hips. Mud. Mud. Mud. After the party, I went home and said that I was too tired to shower and flopped on our bed, exhausted. 

Of course I did not do that!!! Kimberly would not have allowed it and I would not have wanted it. I really, really wanted to be clean. Getting covered with mud seemed fun for a short time, but it is no way to live. I showered and scoured and scrubbed with soap till I was clean. Nothing felt better!!

Sin muddies our soul. It places a grime on our inner person that cakes us with guilt, shame, darkness, separation, numbness, and death. Nothing is right with our soul when sins corrupt it. And all of us sin.

How can we be clean? We have no soap that removes the muck from our hearts. Without God’s provision, we would have to flop on our beds every night covered in sweaty mud. No one wants to live that way!! 

Thanks be to God through Jesus! (See Hebrews 10:19-25) Jesus’ blood washes our soul so that we are clean and forgiven! What a gift God grants us in Jesus! When David sinned, he cried out to God in confession, “Wash me!!” David knew that the only way that he could have a clean heart was through God’s provision. Let us confess our sin to God today and be clean! Let us not lay down upon our beds covered in mud.

Application Questions

  • What is the difference between superficial admission and biblical confession?
  • How does Jesus make us clean?
  • What sins would God have you confess today?

Memory Verse:

“I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Psalm 34:1