In this psalm, there is a clear distinction between the all-too-human heart and the steadfast love of God. When we are in a cycle of sin, we often try to justify our bad behavior both to ourselves and to others. Not only does this prevent any self-reflection or self-accountability, but our thoughts, words, and ill motives can also spill over into other areas of our lives.
Contrast this to God’s love, faithfulness, righteousness, and justice, which wash over all of creation. This psalm invites us to consider the effect of sin on our relationships and on what we contribute to the world. It challenges us to choose a better, more life-giving and life-receiving path of the One who is loving, faithful, righteous, and just.
Today, offer a prayer of confession for any sin in your life – both the visible and the hidden – and find hope in the assurance of God’s forgiveness.