Psalm 38:18 For I confess my iniquity; I am full of anxiety because of my sin.
In this Psalm, David is suffering from the consequences of his sin. He is sick to stomach over his sin. He feels physically weak because of it. It is eating away at him. His feels his friends and family are staying far from him. His enemies are rejoicing because he is caught in the snare of sin.
Starting in verse 15, David calls out to the all knowing God. He says that God is his hope, his only hope. He knows that God will answer him, because God is faithful. Then we get to verse 18 and David confesses his sin. He tells God that he knows he has sinned and messed up. His conscious is eating away at him. When we have unconfessed sin in our lives, it tears apart inside. We, as David, are full of anxiety and guilt. We need to confess it to God and repent of it. To repent means to turn away from. We acknowledge our sin is wrong and stop doing it.
After confessing his sin, David trusts in God to protect him from his enemies. To deliver him from them. He wants to have God close to him. Our sin causes a buffer between us and God, where we are not as close to Him as we once were. After confessing and repenting that closeness can return.
Dear Jesus, forgive me for my sins. Help to repent from them and turn towards you. I thank you for forgiving all of my sin, by what you did on the cross. You are my only hope, the only way to be forgiven by God. Give me the grace going forward to not sin and to live a life that gives you the glory You deserve. Amen