Honesty is key to healing

Psalm 51

51 Have mercy upon me, O God,
According to Your lovingkindness;
According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,
Blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
And cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I acknowledge my transgressions,
And my sin is always before me.
4 Against You, You only, have I sinned,
And done this evil in Your sight—
That You may be found just when You speak,[a]
And blameless when You judge.

5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
And in sin my mother conceived me.
6 Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts,
And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.

7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Make me hear joy and gladness,
That the bones You have broken may rejoice.
9 Hide Your face from my sins,
And blot out all my iniquities.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me away from Your presence,
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
And sinners shall be converted to You.

14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
The God of my salvation,
And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.
15 O Lord, open my lips,
And my mouth shall show forth Your praise.
16 For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it;
You do not delight in burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,
A broken and a contrite heart—
These, O God, You will not despise.

18 Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion;
Build the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness,
With burnt offering and whole burnt offering;
Then they shall offer bulls on Your altar.

This is one of David’s well known Psalms. To set the scene, he has just committed adultery, he is the King of Israel, a person whom God described as “a man after My heart,” he has just slept with a married woman, not just any married woman but one of his closest friends’ wives. Honesty is key to the healing process, honesty with God, honesty with self and honesty with others. There is no point in hiding from God or denying how you feel-the negative feelings. You’ve been through a rough patch that has left you broken, bitter, resentful and constantly questioning why things went wrong or why things are going wrong. Perhaps you did something that you are ashamed of, maybe you’re struggling with years of negative thinking or emotional abuse from people and you wonder when will you ever heal? When will it ever end? Does it ever end? YES it does end, YES it will end, YES healing will come BUT in order for that to happen, you have to open up your heart, admit the hurt, own the guilt and shame, acknowledge the abuse-that’s being honest with God and being honest with yourself. David after committing this sin did not hide away nor did he refuse to acknowledge what he had done but rather he was honest and open with God and himself. He acknowledged what he had done and became the first step in his healing process. In the same way when we acknowledge what we feel, how broken we are, how bitter we are that becomes the first step in the healing process.


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