David begins this psalm with by extolling the virtue of forgiveness. He speaks of the blessing of sins covered and the erasing of deceit and sin. He then speaks of confessing his sins before God, which is the beginning of forgiveness. He follows that up with an admonition for godly people everywhere to pray while the Lord may be found, for He is the hiding place. Finally, he lifts up the need to be teachable. The unteachable must be harnessed with bit and bridle like a horse or a mule. His summary statement is this:
10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked;
But he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him.
11 Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous;
And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
David’s praise for the forgiveness of God is well-founded. Forgiveness is a powerful gift from God. However, it is something that we must seek and treasure. Without the mercy of God, humanity is headed for certain destruction and eternal punishment. But God offers His mercy and great grace to those who will confess and seek forgiveness. Seek Him today!