February 9 Forgiving Yourself

Scripture Reading: Psalm 51:1–19

Key Verse: Psalm 51:1

Have mercy upon me, O God,

According to Your lovingkindness;

According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,

Blot out my transgressions.

Guilt settled in like a thick fog. David had sinned horribly against God by taking another man’s wife, committing murder, and making sure that his actions had remained undiscovered. Then, when it appeared that the coast was clear, he breathed a sigh of relief. That is when God sent the prophet Nathan to awaken King David’s conscience.

Crushed and broken in spirit, David threw himself to his knees. Fear crept into his mind as he thought, How can I approach God now? Have I completely destroyed my relationship with the Lord?

Armed only with a broken and contrite heart, the fallen David approached the Lord. He prayed, “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions” (Psalm 51:1).

After asking for a clean heart (verse 10), David boldly stated his belief that God can and will restore him. Not only did God forgive, but He continued to actively use David. Despite his guilt and shame, David’s failures did not exclude him from serving his Lord. Because God forgave him, he was able to forgive himself.

If guilt is preventing you from fully experiencing the joyful forgiveness God offers, pray today for His help in laying down your chains and escaping the bondage of unholy guilt.

Lord Jesus, I offer to You the sins I have committed and the guilt that makes me feel worthless. I thank You that I am blameless because of Your sacrifice for me.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 42). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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