Justified Judge

Confession and contrition should be a regular and typical posture for each of us. Abandon self-righteousness and take on the contrite heart of a sinner saved by grace. Truth is, most of us say, let God judge. Just judge someone else and don’t tell me I’m wrong…

1 Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
and justified when you judge.
5 Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
Psalm 51:1-12

There is an old Charlie Peacock song based on Psalm 51. An essential part of the refrain in the song is the line, “You are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge…” It’s a variation on verse 4 of David’s song. David knows that God is justified to judge him for his sin with Bathsheba. He is guilty as charged.

Still, David wants God’s mercy. He desires to be renewed and restored and asks God for a willing spirit. Willing. Willing to surrender. Willing to repent. Willing to admit and agree with God that God is right to issue his verdict and is justified in his judgment.

So many times today people do not accept judgment or welcome God’s verdict. We will entertain God’s voice if he speaks love and endorsement of our ways. As long as God is on our side, we are good. Let him judge. Let him find me worthy. Just don’t tell me I’m wrong.

David, once he realizes his sin, comes to God knowing he is wrong. Confession is critical in our relationship with God…

I confess I have sinned.
I have gone against you and your commands for my life, God.
I agree my actions or thoughts were sinful.
You are right to judge me, God.
Thank you for Jesus, who took my penalty on the cross.
Would you extend your forgiveness and mercy to me in His name?

This should be a regular and typical posture for each of us. Abandon self-righteousness and take on the contrite heart of a sinner saved by grace…

Yes, Lord. May we worship and honour you in this way.


Marc Kinna

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