What do I do when I fall? How do I respond when I sin? What do I do when I fall short of the life that God desires for me? True repentance is not just saying “God, I’m sorry.” Authentic forgiveness requires genuine repentance. David did not just have a fall from grace, but a life and generation-altering collapse. So how could David ask for forgiveness? He requested for forgiveness solely on the basis on the Lord’s steadfast love and abundant mercy. When we fall short, we need to first acknowledge the need for mercy. There is nothing we can do to earn or deserve our forgiveness – we can’t fix it. It’s about his mercy. The only lifeline when we are drowning in sin is the mercy of God found in the Lord Jesus Christ. We have to own our sin, confessing that we stepped outside of what God designed for us. To receive mercy from God we must acknowledge our sin. We minimize our grace when we minimize our sin. Explanation and rationalization is not confession. “God knows my heart.” Culture views sin as an alternative lifestyle and personal freedom. We need to align the view of our sin the way the holy God views our sin. David hurt and damaged a lot of people but his sin was ultimately against God. There is an internal problem within us: we were all born with a corrupted hard drive. How do we fix the problem where we are all messed up inside but God desires integrity and purity? The blood of Jesus purges us of our sin and cleanses us once and for all. We don’t need behavioral modification or a 3-quick-steps and do better. What can wash away our sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus! What can make us whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus! When sin happens it has an eroding effect with our relationship with God, distancing us from God. Sin oversells and under delivers, and it drains us of our joy in and intimacy with the Lord. It gets in the way in our effectiveness to live and declare the gospel. True joy is only found in Jesus Christ. The blood that Jesus shed on Calvary is the same blood that will wipe away the guilt and condemnation and restore our joy. We need to be a people who constantly repent and turn from our old ways. Everyday is a day of repentance, turning from sin and turning to God. You can listen to this message on Psalm 51 by Pastor Tyler HERE!