These are the four most important words in this psalm, though they are probably the least understood. Guilt, shame, and rejection are not emotional problems cured by therapy but the bad fruit of true moral failure cured by blood of Jesus Christ.
Repentance is siding with God against yourself.
Todd Nibert, Baptist Pastor
A guilty conscience is the seasoning of our daily life.
A man makes himself hard and inflexible in order to escape his guiltiness. The strange paradox present on every page of the gospels, and which we can verify everyday, is that it is not guilt which is the obstacle to grace, as moralism supposes. On the contrary it is the repression of guilt, self-justification, genuine self-righteousness, and smugness, which is the obstacle.
Paul Tournier (1898-1986)
Out, damned spot, out I say.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
There is a fountain filled with blood
drawn from Immanuel’s veins.
And sinners plunged beneath that flood
lose all their guilty stains.
William Cowper (1731-1800)