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The Right Regret
by Danny Boggs

Psalm 51 poignantly records King David’s heartfelt cry to God.  He was in the aftermath of a downhill moral slide.  He had let lust consume him.  Gazing across his capital from a high vantage point, his eyes locked upon a bathing beauty, Bathsheba.  A sexual escapade followed.  Bathsheba was another man’s wife, but now she was pregnant with David’s baby.  David tried every way he knew to cover up his disgraceful actions. His attempts ultimately led to the death of Bathsheba’s husband Uriah (2 Samuel 11).

Months later God sent the prophet Nathan to confront David, and finally the king owned up to his wrongdoing (2 Samuel 12).  He was pained not merely to be caught, but to realize how arrogantly and defiantly he had acted toward God and His will. 

In Psalm 51:1-3 David weeps toward God with three insightful words. When we understand them, we will have a better perspective on the nature of our own sin.  “Blot out my transgressions” — I have gone where You warned me not to go.  “Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity” — I have perverted whom You made me to be.  “Cleanse me from my sin” — I have miserably missed the mark You set for me.  “For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.”

We cannot appreciate the prospect or the reality of salvation and reconciliation with God unless we see the extreme gravity of sin.  Sin often has consequences that bring all kinds of regret.  But godly sorrow for our sin is alone the right regret.  It produces repentance that leads to salvation without regret (2 Corinthians 7:10). 

How do you feel about your sin?  Are you ready to repent?