Lois Siemens - “Offense and Restitution”
Lois Siemens described the prophet Nathan confronting David about his affair with Bathsheba and his arranging for her husband to be killed. David’s response to this is Psalm 51, pleading for God’s mercy. Like David, we bring ourselves and our sins to worship; we bring our whole lives to church. David was painfully aware of the negative results of his behaviour and was hoping for God’s love, not his judgement. "Have mercy on me", "blot out my transgressions", "wash away my iniquities", "purify me from my sin", "create in me a clean heart" are all pleas which indicate the vulnerable position we are put in before God and the one we have offended. It is only when we commit ourselves to restitution that healing and justice can happen. Confession helps us recognize that God’s part is to heal, our part is to act. Confession helps us to witness to the joy of our salvation. We need to hear God’s words again and again: you are forgiven, you are loved.