Although this psalm is very well-known, I suggest that part of it is not as well-known as the rest. The first twelve verses of this psalm are the most appreciated verses of this psalm. But it's the last seven verses I want to look at in this blog post.
The psalm moves from the need for repentance to acknowledgment of sin to the need for cleansing which will result in renewed life in God. But there is a purpose for all this! The result of cleansing through repentance is not only a renewed life but also a renewed focus on sharing this good news with others!
As a result of being made clean, the writer will teach transgressors the ways of God, so that they might turn back to God! His repentance taught him the goodness of God in a way that caused him to reach out with this good news to others.
How often has your repentance led to outreach? All genuine repentance produces humility within us. Humility turns us outward to others. Sin is selfish. We sin because we were focused on ourselves. But with repentance comes humility, outreach, and service.
When is the last time you really repented? How might your repentance lead you to serve others?