Psalm 51 – Because Confession Is … 

As they gather they excel in a number of practices. They can jump up and sing or sway gently and sing. They can give the impression of caring about giving to the church. They can look as though they are interested in what is being said to them as long as the speaker is speaking. They can even do the thing of looking animated and engaging over the post service cup of tea. They do those things very well. 

During those cuppa tea coats they can channel the appropriate responses and offer tasty tidbits for the chat. Looking shocked that he would have done such a thing. Nodding approvingly at how you would never do something like that. Shaking your head in dismay at how the world is so much worse than it has ever been and how the pastor/deacon/bishop/brother/sister/stranger has only contributed to the mess. 

Yeah, there’s room to keep the façade going. 

This Psalm, however, helps us to get real and quit with the performance. This Psalm, by one of the most outstanding individuals in scripture, gives permission to own your mess, acknowledge you made the mess and cry out to God to once more help you deal with your mess. 

This Psalm should be a huge encouragement to those afraid and ashamed of admitting their struggles and setbacks. 

This Psalm should do that, but even though a song has been made on the subject, people still sing it without meaning it. They choose to keep their mess in the dark thinking it won’t anyone else. Thinking that perhaps if you just keep your act together now it will give others from seeing you as a failure. 

This Psalm, however, clearly says there are benefits to confession. Opening up to God, presenting it to Him for Him to sort out and for you to no longer carry that heavy burden of guilt and shame. 

Not only can we cry out to Him, but He will answer. As He does so that negative episode won’t be neglected, but it will be part of the bigger picture to teach others, warning them away from roads that lead to ruin. 

Oh for more believers to put that in practice. 

For His Name’s Sake 


C. L. J. Dryden 


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