We are all sinners. No matter how hard we try, we will inevitably fall because we are not perfect. Some people try to hide these sins from themselves or others. When we are so entrenched with struggle and sin, it seems easier to push our indiscretions under the rug and forget about them. We lie to ourselves saying that our sins were not a ‘big deal’. On the other hand, some people internalize their sins, letting each one tear them apart. They convince themselves that they aren’t a good person because of this sin and that God must not love them because they have a sinners heart. Both reactions to sin are hurtful to us and are not reactions that God wants us to have. We can try to hide our sins, but we can’t hide them from God. We have to be honest with ourselves and recognize our own faults before we can ask for forgiveness. We also can’t internalize our sins. Sinning is bad, but God will never write you off as a bad person. He is always their extending His love.
Look at David in today’s reading. It lists some of his life accomplishments: he slayed giants, defeated warriors, and destroyed a hostile people. He sounds like a successful, happy, loved individual. But David, like us, was a sinner too. He committed horrible sins and had to deal with the consequences of his actions. Yet, God did not write him off. Instead, “the Lord forgave him his sins and exalted his strength forever”. How wonderful is that! God loves and forgives even the most sinful of hearts. After he was forgiven, David turned his life around and in everything he did, he offered thanks and praise to God. The reading says, “With his [David’s] whole being he loved his Maker and daily had His praises sung”. This is how we are supposed to react to sin! We should ask for forgiveness wholeheartedly, receive it because of God’s mercy, and then praise His love and compassion.
Today, we are called to do a self-examination. When have we sinned? Are we hiding it from ourselves? Are we letting our sins tear us apart? We are called to remember that God is love. He knows our sins but loves us so much that He will grant us forgiveness. And with forgiveness we, like David, can do great things if we remember to continuously praise the Lord. Today, remember that God is ever-present during life’s ups and downs; He is there during our times of strict devotion and our times of sinfulness. He wants to give you comfort, help, love, and most importantly: forgiveness.