I acknowledge my sin to you, and my iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions to the LORD…
1. Notice the elements of this repentance as they come out in this psalm:
(1) Clear consciousness of sin — "I acknowledged my sin."
(2) Loathing sorrow for sin — "Mine iniquity have I not hid."
(3) Confession of sin — "I acknowledged my sin."
(4) Forsaking of sin (ver. 9).
2. Ask these questions:
(1) Having sinned, is not this the noblest possible way in which a sinner can treat his sin — to repent of it?
(2) Is it not far better and nobler thus to repent of it than heedlessly and blindly to go on in sin?
(3) Do you think that, going on in sin carelessly and blindly, it is possible to go on thus toward God?
(4) Therefore can you not see the necessity of repentance?
(W. Hoyt, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.