O God, you know my foolishness,* and my faults are not hidden from you.
How often have you hesitated to pray because you feared you were too sinful, prideful, or just not in tune with God?
How often have you disqualified yourself preemptively?
Perhaps this Psalm comes as bad news to some. Some may read this as a kind of “surveillance God” peering into our lives, seeking any kind fault or reason for judgment or exclusion.
However, what if God’s awareness of our hidden faults is the best kind of good news, the good news we all need. Jesus spoke of himself as a doctor who has come to heal, and the prophets are filled with accounts of God mourning that Israel will not turn back to him.
What if God is a lover who sees our foolishness and faults and still remains enamored with us? God sees our secret sins and wants nothing more than our healing and redemption.
There is grace and mercy for us before we even acknowledge our failings. In many ways, confession is more for us than it is for God. Confession convinces us that God has known who and what we are all along and still wants to call us his beloved.
What is your greatest barrier to God today?
In what way is God’s knowledge of your faults good news for you?